Volume 68, Number 2 · Spring 2019

And Yet,

the poem remains
unafraid: a black Pegasus
tattooed on its
bare chest.

Do whatever you want!
the poem taunts, as people
steady the scaffold
and test the noose.

It’s dawn.
The poem’s been
awake for hours
wondering why

it has to be
this way, when once
there was song
and so much promise.

Do your worst,
the poem laughs, flexing
its pecs so the black wings
flap and the poem begins

to rise, begins
to see itself
far above the mob,
far from all the trouble—

objective, detached—
like a coffee shop:
citizens coming

with no dirty looks,
no axes to grind,
just wanting

into the relentless
day  with clear sight
and a thumping heart.

Just get your coffee
and get out! the poem shouts

the sun leering now,
elbowing the clouds.

Tim Seibles, recently the Poet Laureate of Virginia, is the author of six collections of poetry, including Hurdy-Gurdy, Buffalo Head Solos, and Fast Animal—which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His latest, One Turn Around the Sun, was released in 2017. Tim lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is a professor of English and creative writing at Old Dominion University.