Fall 1987 • Vol. IX No. 4 Poetry |

The Nature of America

Things are getting out of hand. MorningsI come awake to the catbird's manic gabbleScolding in broken music himself or theSavage world he lives in. Day is one wide armOf buttery green tattooed with leaf-shadow;Everything fattens into its summer body. CatsStalk any flicker, killing old hungers, orSprawl slack jawed on the grass where tallBold milky stems of blown dandelions standIn armies, and a few wild pansies flareCream lipped and priested purple in a simmeringShallow sea of green. The pond across the roadIs scummed with ravenous algae, rimmed rust roseWith seeds of the red ash that leafs a raw headAbove the water. All day a persistent tickingOf maple wings agitates the porch screen as theyFlock in hundreds, seeking their square inchOf earth, a prodigal future. Scabbed by sunlight,Middens of fresh trash hump in front ofEvery house on the block: splayed chairs bristle,Blind TVs gape, rustburnt bikes and drunken dollsBeseech the dark to hide their shame, hush upThe dead child crying.

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Eamon Grennan has published numerous volumes of poetry including There Now (2016); Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010); Matter of Fact (2008); Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998); and others.

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