“Preparation” by Ellen Bryant Voigt

by on 06/08/12 at 9:59 am

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The Bone-man lives in a stucco
house. He ticks his heels

on the cold terrazzo floor.
He parks his ragtruck

in the yard, instructs his crew
on the white telephone.

I am training my dog
to attack the red-capped hunter

bearing his long package.
I am training the tethered jay

to cry out against
the killer who cracks the latch.

On the open map, the road
to my house bulges like a vein.

He takes a train, he rents
a car, he lurches in

with an open fly. Sweet Eve
was just the Farmer’s Daughter,

he wooed her with a wormy apple.
He’s a dirty joke, he’s

always everybody’s last
lover, he’s a regular

can of worms—you wry Medusa,
I am a mongoose staring you down.




Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert is founder of E-Verse Radio.

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One Response to ““Preparation” by Ellen Bryant Voigt”

  1. hdblakely@bellsouth.net'

    Diann Blakely

    Aug 7th, 2012

    An amplitude of links RE Voigt still exists at http://ninandrewswriter.blogspot.com/2012/01/eleanor-ross-taylor-june-20-1920.html; and please look for more in the fall with “Controversies, Connections, and Coincidences,” of which this seems to be another!


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