the cop carnival

Thursday, September 1, 2016

There’s going to be a cop carnival
in Cape Canaveral tomorrow, they say.
Police clowns fired out of cannon into orbit,
they say, even if the day is gray. Hooray!

My favorite police clown is called Trixie.
She works at a Kinko’s in Kirkwood, Missouri
and makes jokes like, “Wave at the tide,
and the tide’ll wave back.” Tidal wave, lol.

As for me I rarely attend such events anymore.
I’m not even sure what they’re for. It feels
as though life has closed its enormous, medieval
door to me the way it has to the poor.

I’d like to go backward in time, but I can’t.
I’d like to go backstage and meet Adam Ant.
I wish I were less of an unwatered plant.
I wish I had shirts that weren’t Arrow or Gant.

 

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