Today's poem is by Catherine Pierce
The Guidance Counselor to the Girl
The test suggests an aptitude for solitary work.
Have you considered a career as a computer
programmer? Flower arranger? Planetarium
operator? No? What about zebrawood cultivation?
Minor-league mascotry? Those heads muffle
all voices, even your own. Column A indicates
a proclivity for nature. You may have more luck
as a bobcat than a sea turtle, a muskrat than a bobcat.
What do you mean, why? We just discussed
your inclination toward solitude! Here's the list
of promising careers: Muskrat we'll cross out.
Blue spruce on a half acre? Nest-fleeing cardinal?
Maybe? Let's mark it. Throw-pillow by the fire?
Asphalt-dinged Route 40 road sign? Lost gold
stud in the sand? Anything? We'll keep going.
Abandoned Chevy in near-mint condition? One stone
in the Grand Canyon at sunset? No, I agree, too much
responsibility. How about thisthe iron clapper
in a wind chime. Well, I don't know, my dear
I imagine you'd have to create the wind yourself.
Copyright © 2008 Catherine Pierce All rights reserved
from Crab Orchard Review
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