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Iíll tell you something: every night
Penguin FootballOpus has always wanted to fly
but football is his secret second love.
As he pulls on shoulder pads
in preparation for the first game
he knows heís ready for anything.
It begins and he digs sharp orange feet
into the soft grass, staring up
to where the sun was a moment ago.
Itís no surprise there are few odes
to defensive linemen. Opus stands
eclipsed in the great shadow
of number 41, and looks down
for the soft hope of dandelions.
No luck. The quarterback shouts
his siren song, and our hero relaxes
watching his nemesis step back.
The ball is snapped, and suddenly
the field has become an aircraft carrier
in reverse. Opus sees his lungs
in the distance, beak breathless
as the ground recedes. Backwards.
He realizes heís finally flying
backwards. He spreads short-sleeves
and wings wide just before
remembering why no one dreams
Business Trip Ė February 14, 2007On the Phoenix news tonight
the lead story is a woman
who tied-up her lover
and cut him repeatedly
so she could enact the lost
fantasies of a vampire.
Reality always exceeds expectations.
I want to thank you so much
for never trying to drink my blood.
Itís the small things that matter
and this evening I replaced
the touch of your skin
with warm pool water Ė to no avail.
Soon, I will take you far away
but I canít recapture
the time Iíve spent
in hotel rooms, airports,
and office buildings
for the greater good
of capitalism. Karl Marx
would be so disappointed
in what the free market
has done to intimacy.
I miss you like the future
misses the past. Consider
the life of the mayfly:
24 brief hours
and not a minute
©2008 by Robert Wynne
Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University . He is the author of 6 chapbooks, and 2 full-length books of poetry. His first full-length collection, Remembering How to Sleep, was the recipient of the Poetry Society of Texasí 2006 Eakin Book Award. His second full-length collection, Museum of Parallel Art , was published in February 2008 by Tebot Bach Press. He has won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America . He lives in Burleson, Texas, with his wife and daughter. For more information see his Web site.
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