Above all that mess, notwithstanding, lest you
prefer existence at the quantum level, String
Theory, which does or does not include the
gunmetal grey catbird feather thrilling my mouse
pad but otherwise metaphysics.
To your left, a gorgeous rhinoceros, calf in tow,
grazing below a leafless acacia, typical Tuesday
muzzle nipping grasses by their roots, loose lip
scouring perimeter, with nearsighted tusk
prepared to stab any lioness or male on the prowl,
except maybe No Neck’s black mane swirling 50
years of Dust Bowl discontent in his wake.
Now twist your licorice waist 180 & hover like
smoke trickling a philosophical meerschaum fresh
off the shelf, fresh off the Atlantic shelf, right
about there & no one else, love, no one else.
ALAN BRITT was invited to Ecuador in a cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States in August 2015. His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. Besides 16 books of poetry he has published over 3,000 poems nationally and internationally in Agni, Bitter Oleander, Bloomsbury Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Christian Science Monitor, Confrontation, English Journal, Epoch, Flint Hills Review, International Gallerie (India), Kansas Quarterly, Letras (Chile), Magyar Naplo (Hungary), Midwest Quarterly, Minnesota Review, Missouri Review, New Letters, Northwest Review, Osiris, Pedrada Zurda (Ecuador), Poet’s Market, Queen’s Quarterly (Canada), Revista/Review Interamericana (Puerto Rico), Revista Solar (Mexico), Roanoke Review, Tampa Tribune, The Sunday Sun, Steaua (Romania), Sunstone, Tulane Review, Wasafiri (UK), and The Writer’s Journal. He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.