Thursday, August 25, 2011

Get Me to God*

I’m sixty-four,
and slower,
so slow.

I can feel the shaking
on its way,
even before the lovely
orange orangutan.

It starts in the soles of my feet
planted on the good earth
and follows
my toes,

calves, thighs, every muscle,
like a good massage and
commences to shaking,

freight train epithets
and I am glad,
plain glad,
to have met such a quake.

It is, therefore,
and altogether a shame,
to have to announce the news
that said earthquake

two days ago under
an altogether different
set of circumstances. Give praise.

*Title honors Lucinda Williams