Scoundrel Time


Soon there will be an eclipse ploughing
a dark swath across the country from
Portland to Charleston, everyone is waiting

to see what kind of hole will be punched
in their universe, everyone is buying
smoky glasses from Walmart to hide

squints and tears, everyone is wondering
who will be blinded by evidence, who
will survive the coronation, and today’s

headline reads Black people aren’t keeping
white Americans out of college, rich people
are, which a large swath of everyone would

not consider to be true, and my dog is snarfing
his breakfast frantically as is his custom, being
runt of the litter, the ninth pup who habitually

lost the game of musical teats, and by God
he loves his food, weighs over fifty pounds now
and he is not waiting for anything.


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