[Milton-L] Poem

jonnyangel junkopardner at comcast.net
Sat Feb 7 00:30:03 EST 2009


I thought I¹d throw a poem on the list. It¹s by one of my favorite poets,
George Bilgere. (Oh, and he¹s also a Proffesor and there¹s PL a plenty in
this.) 

SAY MY NAME
by George Bilgere
 
Beyonce's singing, 
and what's strange about that
is, first of all, I somehow know who Beyonce is,
 
and second, the voice I'm hearing
is coming from the earbuds of an iPod
plugged into a kid sitting about thirty feet from me
 
on the fourth floor of the library
on a humid summer night,
the buzz of cicadas outside
 
sounding weirdly like the buzz
coming from his head-and third,
I know exactly what he's reading, because
 
I assigned it to him. It's the immortal
Paradise Lost, by John Milton,
and it's very long and very hard
 
and it's a terrible thing to be reading
late in the summer, time running short,
life running out, the moon
 
throbbing just above the trees
and somewhere out there a woman
is leaning against the fender of a car,
 
waiting for you to shift her
transmission into submission, and God knows
I don't blame this kid for blowing out his ears
 
at an early age, as Adam and Eve
stand there stunned in the garden,
stupidly covering their crotches, as if
 
that would do any good, as if it would stop
Beyonce, dark serpent, from reminding
this nice Catholic boy in his brand new
Tommy Hilfiger muscle shirt,
with his fresh, 'round-the-biceps badass
barbed wire tattoo, that in this
fallen world he's never,
never, evah gonna get his
smooth white hands on what they burn for. 

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