Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Poem: William's Floor

William’s Floor

Stripping the catpiss carpet we
uncover a blue underpad,
woodgrain linoleum, plywood base.

Next is a sheet of platinum,
concrete signed by the cast of
Kiss Me Kate,
fifty thousand wheat pennies,
shards of Ming vase,
fossilized skeleton of a woolly mammoth.

We break for lunch.

A thousand frogs in a sheet of ice,
small deposit of coal shale,
seventies roller rink,
oversize chessboard, black and white marble,
undiscovered poems of Rumi (in Farsi),
five thousand action figures posed in a
reenactment of Gettysburg,
and an original parchment copy of
the Constitution (in Italian).

We’re thinking laminate.
A nice cherry wood.

From the collection Fields of Satchmo
Photo by MJV

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