Fall 1993 • Vol. XV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1993 |

Surrealism

for Charlie S. Ah, another summer morning. Air so thick it'll make your teeth wrinkle and your toes stop talking to one another. So a mourning dove---damned clumsy perchers---alights teeteringly on the wire running from the house to the corner maple where it connects with another wire crossing the drive to the garage. Poor old gray garage, leaning unfeasibly from the heavy run-off each spring on this northern hill. All perfectly normal. Then the first wire broke, and the second, and the garage collapsed sideways like a senator loaded with scotch on the statehouse lawn. The dove flew off to the sycamore and went uuu/uu-uu-uu like the Pope on his balcony broadcasting Peace, and I cried, "Si j'avais une bombe . . . !" Instead I grabbed my answering machine and ran out and let that dove have it full bore, leave your message after the beep, leave your message after the beep, and by God one less perjuring bureaucrat of death was left in this wor

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