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Once I was in Kansas

by Shannon Adele

Once I was in Kansas
We sat on the back
of your father’s black sedan
and in suspension
of disbelief we watched
lightning stretch from both sides of the earth

Our shutter globes were stuck open

Fish-eyed we sat
while someone’s God painted
corn on the horizon

And it was so different
from New York
to sit and shower
with that sweet alkaline
rain bathing our dust dirt skin

It’s funny how platonic
we thought we were
trying to sound so intelligent
trying to act like we knew
the importance of fossil fuels
and vegetable oil and war.

And with the wind blowing
through our unwashed
and desperate to be unlike
hair we were
just as flat
as Kansas itself.


Posted on 02/15/2007
Copyright © 2020 Shannon Adele

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 02/15/07 at 09:50 AM

Great images in this, Shannon! I can see this scene playing out in my mind as I read it. I like the comparison to New York. And the last 2 lines gave me a chuckle (if I'm understanding it correctly). ;)

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 12/04/08 at 06:46 PM

i agree with elliot.

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