Ordnance

Brendan Galvin Click to read more...

bgalvin-40Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen volumes of poems. His collection Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (LSU, 2006) was a finalist for the National Book Award. His crime novel, Wash-a-shores, is available on Amazon Kindle.  The Air’s Accomplices, a collection of new poems was released from LSU last year.  His Egg Island Almanac will appear in 2017.

ORDNANCE

Ever see one of these before?
McDaid tossed me a hard plug,
weightier than the ignorance

I’d attached like a water balloon
to the phrase “rubber bullet.”

It’s January now, but winter and summer
I keep coming across these balloons

flashing colors like visual noise
in the marshes, and in pine groves
that trap their sheen.

Bobbing and nodding, candy-apple red,
this one is metallic, tangled and raising
its black-and-white eyeballs to high heaven

from thickets surrounding the kettle pond.
It couldn’t shatter a kneecap or femur
like the ordnance on McDaid’s kitchen table.

Set free to advertise some birthday boy
important enough to inflict his name

and shiny future on a south-facing
arrangement of water and trees,
this time of year this balloon

may never get to strangle a turtle,
let alone get sucked down
the blowhole of a dolphin.

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