2 May 2010 | Vol. 10, No. 1
the cotton grows wings and rises,
rocking chairs bare their wooden knees.
there are amphetamines in the horses' hay,
psychotropics in the cattle trough,
on the dinnerplate, styrofoam cornbread.
a porch with a mouthful of boards says hello
to a church steeple, who asks
what is this cheap oak table tarnish smell in the air?
gospel-town children: fly, flee, pretend to sing.
dilly-dally over gasoline shadows, be ticking tin
under water drop, be bold resolution,
birth of mad cloud and rain.
a tractor will move through the white columns,
horses will wail & gnash their hooves.
let us take it for what it is.
About the author:
Cade Collum is the author of two chapbooks titled The Dogs of Havana (Red Hydra Press, 2008) and Lion-Froth Crown (Red Hydra Press, forthcoming). His poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in Vulcan and Ginosko. He received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he is currently living and working as a full-time Instructor.