Poems of Place & Displacement

Tentacled Motherfucker

A fixture of the inner city

Lives in the sewers lives on algae lives forever

Steals mail steals checks one child still missing

Sneaks cereal bars from the Nabisco factory dumpster
(when the night guard hears rummaging out back
he puts his earphones on and loudly hums)

Once an uncanny shadow under a bridge
identified by two boys sniffing paint thinner

Makes a moaning sound makes a sobbing sound

Rings the church bell at unlikely hours

Starts weird fires and the sky turns green

Paints ravishing nocturnal murals

In the railroad yard there’s a little vegetable garden
no one remembers planting

Photo Credit: US National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration

Copyright 2005, 2007,  Mike White

Mike White's poems have appeared recently in Poetry, Verse, Colorado Review, The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, River Styx, DIAGRAM, and others.  He serves as co-editor of Quarterly West. "Tentacled Motherfucker" first appeared in Pleiades.

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