The Poems

Mid-week Cable

From the Summer, 2004, issue 

(No. 12)

Watching Live and Let Die

on some popcorn afternoon.

I tell you about Louisiana,

the forgetful American Way.

It’s all among Roger Moore,

speedboats over bridges, alligators

become crocodiles. Commercials,

and I think of Huey Long and

Jimmy Swaggart’s warm-up band.

We end up lying side by side. You’ve walked

me through the end of a schoolboy

fantasy. Tell me again about how Linda

never let Paul out of her sight.

Always in the same room.

Always watching the same TV.