The Poems

Battleships

From the Winter, 2012–2013, issue 

(No. 29)

They met at a phone-book-ripping contest,

while outside the auditorium, spring was a promise,

the day was breaking.

He carried a Ouija board for whenever

he wanted to say something controversial,

drove in a way she could only describe as theatrical.

She was investigating the game Battleship

as the perfect metaphor for love,

said a number of self-publishing companies

were currently uninterested.

Then, at his house, naked as a candle flame,

she spoke as though she were in a phone booth,

both feet up against the door.

And later, at her enormously small apartment,

she said, “Beer is technically a bread-flavoured soda,”

and he laughed until it tore out his nose.

Michael Christie is the author of If I Fall, If I Die and The Beggar’s Garden. He lives on Galiano Island, British Columbia. “Battleships” was his first published poem. Last updated winter, 2014–2015.
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