Poetry

July 4, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Byron Barrett photo

 

By

Sarah Ito

 

 

 

Rigid Geometry

 

 

Leave your day job now

Paradise awaits

 

As we pray to that god

Whom we do not believe

Exists

We

Hedge our uncertain bets

 

High rollers

 

The world is ending tomorrow

 

Sandwich boards held aloft

Proclaiming

Beliefs

Both outlandish and profound

On street corners

 

More sandwiches, less sandwich boards

 

Hunger

 

In the City of Angels

Rosicrucians flock

To the Council of Solace

Questing

Inner Light

 

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark

 

Intones Richard Harris

 

Repent or forever burn

 

Salvationists toll

Handbells

Kettles agape

Receiving the alms

That feed

The camps

Of that righteous army

Deserters

Drink

From a silver chalice

 

Flask

 

Hallelujah

 

Friends of Bill

W

Count to twelve

And fall

Down the steps

While trying to buy

The stairway to heaven

On credit

Card

 

Declined

 

Rejoice, He has risen

 

The Rapture

Disappeared

Them

Into the mist

Flying

Wallendas

Mesmerized

Taking

A fatal leap of faith

Over Niagara Falls

Sans barrel

 

God helps those who help themselves

 

God

Help me

I’m falling

 

Thy will be done

 

Donations accepted

 

 

 

“Stairway To Heaven” Lyrics by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant 1971

“Macarthur Park” Lyrics by Jimmy Webb 1968

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Ito

I am a novelist (GROWING UP GREENWICH, Outskirts Press), blogger and essayist, and occasional poet.

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