Kristen Hanlon

 


Divination

 

If it were that simple, counting
            the seconds from red to green,
fingers tapping the wheel,
            waiting for the old lady to cross

-If she makes it to the curb by green, good news
-If she makes it and starts heading down the avenue,
            better news

Old game of "ifs" which began, innocently
enough, dismembering daisies
           
            he loves me, he loves me not

                        (& does a stem count as a wish
            if you need it?)

So at the farewell party for the German
            intern, you realize the velvet wallpaper
looks vaguely familiar, that you’d dreamt
            this dark apartment

& in your dream
you were in danger

 

 

 

Seek
           

Bail-Bakers
False calm methodology, flour allergy;
self-scrutiny not a strong point.
I failed the stoplight
but made the moonlight.

Birth-Blood
One could be one but what if
one were two instead? What if
the other appeared after one had
given up looking?

Cellular-Cemeteries
No telephone to heaven.

Child-Chimney
“How is a beanstalk like a smokestack?”
Many windows were broken, sir.
Grace flooded us—

Flowers-Food
"Raises Not Roses" the rallying cry.
Father Bill from St. Joseph the Worker tells us
"God is on your side," so we walk clockwise
for the cameras, a demonstration-
demonstration.

Laser-Laundries
Let Lolita wash & fold—
I’m busy doin’ my bee dance
in the tractor beam.

Limousines-Liquor
You know, those Princess Di jokes
are getting really old.

Party-Passport
Our devastations became affectations
at the Émigré Club.

Schools-Scrap
To keep a war economy going.

Tanks-Tattooing
Why he joined the army.

Voice-Warehouses
I hate the echo in this line.
Can’t we commiserate
using landlines only?