Porch

By Jack Lavigne


1. observer

 

On (bird-name) street at (blue-door) house

 

I am out and

 

just wanna make contact, running wild toward a recognized female figure

 

(Oh-prah!) to establish a repertoire,

 

a desperate plea for recognition:

 

“help me help me find me see me”

 

running at (Mary!) arms ablaze in sunset light:

 

“please see me help me”

 

(Cleo-Pa- Trisha!)

 

2. agent

 

The way we move into her neighborhood trap

 

is blue and

 

like paint through oil,

 

tendrils pushing through city stuff,

 

Forcing material

 

(Brickus and Thickus that Isn’tus)

 

to the dark uncarved

 

edges of the map: oriented

 

Catholic I want

 

this compass

 

beak to work

 

to beat this cloying Cleo

 

on her territory.

 

3. object

 

Hills Crestus and Bestus,

 

Carving breasts just to Testus,

 

Combine to Molestus:

 

Visitors force feet forward—

 

How many of these people are in witness protection?

 

4. effect

 

A symbol of western insanity:

 

Not enough lifetime is spent on the porch.