Poem: First Thing
Author: Bill Berkson (1939–2016) [bio]
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Drown on all fours

Pennies from a box flood the frump market

Blasts of nacre, triage under weather’s speckled pool

The idée fixe never happens yet can’t be ignored

5

Still the moon is half full?

Speak for yourself with your hands up

The search is on

Search and destroy, if you will

Elimination starting with a lit fuse

10

Vacuumed anon

Your pleasure is the lee shore

Thunder smites the tundra’s paw

This should be memorable

Legs whited out

15

The runners advance

To cite this poem:

MLA
Berkson, Bill. “First Thing.” Columbia Granger's World of Poetry Online. 2018. Columbia University Press. 17 Jun. 2018. <http://www.columbiagrangers.org>.

Chicago Manual of Style
Bill Berkson. “First Thing.” Columbia Granger's World of Poetry Online. http://www.columbiagrangers.org (accessed June 17, 2018).

          
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