From ‘Still Lives’

The Spanish archway gives way to
an afterthought mock foyer that
is crammed with bookcases
over the passageway
is a black shingle
that Jack retrieved from a wet
heap on the street
with English font spelling
‘Eden Cottage’
Like some foredrop in
Mrs. Miniver
fade to an urban
cell of sterile design made
into our arena of slumber and sex
and celibacy and anti-intellectualism.
of smoked mirrors caste
at 4:24am
the maligned sweat
of naked warriors
on majestic steeds.