Today's poem is by Hailey Leithauser


First, the facts we know:
We know their green skin,

we know their game plan
—Peace, or to bestow

sad grace on our slow,
ape-brained destruction—

know their attention
is centered below

on us, our thorough

with it all, chagrined
attempts to rise through

roofs, to undergo
their good instruction.

Copyright © 2005 Hailey Leithauser All rights reserved
from Southwest Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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