Poem A Day/ April 12th, 2011 – John Swain

FLOOD WALLS/ John Swain

Rain balanced on the flood walls
and now a model boat departs
at the end of every road.
I wanted to go home
and torture myself
with her music and essential smoke.
Salt olives received like a toe
and so I spit out the wine
onto the knots
I now use to write poems
like a boy chased his rolling ball
to the door of Edgar Allan Poe.
I could not live anywhere,
but this room behind illumined drapes
where the future will happen
in joy and recrimination.
I lit a cigarette for years.

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