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Song in My Heart

If there’s pee on the seat it’s my pee,
battery’s dead I killed it, canary at the bottom
of the cage I bury it, like God tromping the sky
in his undershirt carrying his brass spittoon,
raging and sobbing in his Hush Puppy house
slippers with the backs broke down, no Mrs.
God to make him reasonable as he gets out
the straight razor to slice the hair off his face,
using the Black Sea as a mirror when everyone
knows the Black Sea is a terrible mirror,
like God is a terrible simile for me but like
God with his mirror, I use it.

Credit


Copyright © 2009 by Diane Seuss. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss’s most recent collection is frank: sonnets (Graywolf Press, 2021). Seuss is a professor and editor. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Date Published: 2015-04-15

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/song-my-heart