The Bad Place (a poem)

A situation comedy + the news x me = this poem…

The story of her telling
failed to take into consideration
the gravity of the moment

(which actually didn’t exist
except that I overthink everything
so I must be projecting my own indecisiveness
onto her)

When the smoke cleared
the fire monster
was storming up and down the corridors
knocking down everything in its path

Now everybody is scrambling
to sift through the debris
for survivors and refugees
amidst the lines at the airport

(all of them, actually)

and the secret—

            so obvious
            though all the while
            we should have seen it coming—

is out

(28 January 2017)