Tuesday, July 15, 2014

4th of July

It was Iowa again, the midwest again.

Big storm upstate, river way up high, almost to the bridge 
people all along the bridge, Americans all of them 
fat, again.

Under the bridge eight ducks were trapped and stranded 
in a backwash, trying to fight out, trying to fly out. 

Cop on the bridge said they’d been trying to get free
for two hours, you could see their orange feet trying hard
under water.

Cop said if they’d just tire out and let themselves be pulled
down into the underwater current, they’d pop up downstream,
resurface free, and live. 

Then, the cop left.

The ducks kept fighting on the surface, twitching their tails dry, necks leaning 
against the surf, little black eyes trying to SEE their way out and over the trouble ... 

A fat woman, really fat, laughed a greasy gross screen-addicted laugh, looked down 
past her gut to the trying but tiring ducks and said

“Well, at least it’s entertainment!” 

1 comment:

  1. Give them bread and circuses - what a great cross section of nowadays consumerist world.