Poem for Japan
all day staying inside listening to a podcast discuss how particles over the Pacific might drift I knew thinking whenever cloud scares me I am not alone my umbrella slept in the closet I placed a few nouns in beautiful cages then let them out touched with my mind the lucky cat asleep in the deli I always scratch his head he slightly raises to meet my hand all over the remains contaminated shadowmen in blue suits that seem ecclesiastical now that science is a religion crawl the emperor everyone has forgotten is speaking no one knows how to be loving and also hope the wind in a certain and not another direction will blow
Copyright © 2012 by Matthew Zapruder. Used with permission of the author.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of several books of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon Press, 2010).
Date Published: 2012-03-27
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/poem-japan