DULCET TONES APOLOGIZES
I played Kick the Can—
until I felt sorry for the can. I carried it
from the cement road and let it rest
on my window sill with a view
of our Chinese elm tree, a magic tree,
as all trees are. I squirted the wash cloth
from the kitchen sink with dish soap
and carried it back to my room.
The can looked cleaner, even shiny,
but I had bent it up too much.
I told it secrets, a tin priest
forgiving me again
and again. I grew up, sort of,
and took the can with me.
I don’t much believe in luck,
but I’m superstitious. It’s not
that I fear something bad
will happen if I let it go—
I fear I’ll miss out on something good.
When I look at lit candles at night,
I miss the moon. And I need it
for the many songs
only it can teach me.
Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books.