Offshore Drilling

for Michelle Herman

Off the Butterfly Coast in moth light: in international waters: you can see the drilling has begun: no matter where you go: men with holes in their heads: what else would they do with their brains: and moths need to lubricate their elaborate wings: beige sky bright with fluttery light: it’s enough to make you look for a bulb: just to hear the tungsten itching away on the inside: you feel ceremonial: like handing out medals for trumped up deeds: this one’s for sitting still: that man feels a gush of blush coming on: the moth of excitement is getting twitchy: you want to say you’ve seen enough: but you can’t stop laughing

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