Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Arch by Rae Armantrout


Like an arched eyebrow
travelling alone, you drift,
a forgotten, persistent
Despite your skeptical
attitude, it’s true
that your numbers are crashing.
Still, you are rumored
to consume
up to 3,000 baby
shrimp per day!
Who doesn’t want
to be a revenant,
to go back to basics
in a big way
on the small screen
which, somehow, still
survives? “Terrific”
and “terrible”
are cousins after all.
Am I warm or cold?
I’m half-
rhyming, aiming right
between quick and dead
like we could
thread that needle
and keep going.

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