Today's poem is by Catherine Meng
Tonight's The Night
A thief returns & puffs pillows, arranges sheets
& sleeps with his axe in the ice chest while he sleeps.
While he sleeps, a thief's axe waits in the ice chest
alongside ground beef. Alongside ground beef
a thief's axe waits while he sleeps. A thief sleeps
while cattle stand hoof deep in the cattle yard
waiting to die & return as ground beef.
A thief sleeps & he dreams he is flying, he dreams
he is a man who plays a fabulous drum.
He sleeps & he dreams as the cattle must. Of grass
& geese. This is to say a thief sleeps soundly.
This is to say there is only one melody, the rest
are borrowed. And occasionally one will return
& burn down the barn.
Copyright © 2005 Catherine Meng All rights reserved
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