Weekly poem on Trump Presidency
In the sanctuary state
of our inaugural winter day laborers are wiring home coins
in record numbers One of them abandoned an escape route
in the gutter This is not a fact but a supposition I make while
passing a note duct-taped to a utility pole — Found: Extension
ladder please call this number — Was it a power outage or sudden rain
the repairman deluged with fixing? The note does not explain
how long it takes to save for a ladder like that or who was left
holding the bottom rung while the other one climbed If lights
flickered when he reached the top Did the sky open? Did he enter?
Marci Vogel is a California-born poet. A recipient of the Hillary Gravendyk Memorial Scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is the author of the poetry collection, At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody. Her novella, Death & Other Holidays, was awarded the inaugural Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize and will be published by Melville House.