by Robert Bové (Aug. 2007)
Coastal scene, in black and white
Atop weathered white washed life guard stand, three boy men in flapping wool coats
jostle for two seats
pupils dilated in full sun.
At foot of stand, supplicating group
pointing out to sea, to several drowning children.
Landscape, in color
Same old boys, now in botanic garden
removing nameplates from
laurel, cypress, hyacinth.
In buddleia blooming lavender, a girl’s eyes, feral.
(Latterscape, in ideas
Flowers, veggies, weeds
Love, mercy, hope
—now fit only for a one-eyed god.)
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