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34| Trinity

Ann Cefola

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Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day?
Roswell: Two soldiers on duty, both 17, July ’45.
In cobalt predawn, 100 blistering white noons arise.
Imploding Apollo, fallen Lucifer, what the Zeus?

Holy smokes! Shock waves through standard-issue boots.
Cloud thou break, rain on my storm-beaten face.
Sarge radios munitions dump blew.
Oh. We slump back on bench.

Base clouds, rotten smoke make me
travel without my cloak. You, me,
that morning’s strange metallic taste.
In the eerie still. Our lives
yet to detonate.

Ann Cefola is the author of Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014), St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007) and translator of Hence, this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). She is also a recipient of the Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency from the Santa Fe Arts Institute and the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery.

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