Poem of the Week: September 24th, 2014

Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner), and the poetry collections Mosquito (Tin House Books), Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), and Fancy Beasts (Milkweed Editions). His poem, “Life Coach,” can be found in Volume 1, Issue 1 of burntdistrict.

By Alex Lemon

O moral courage, O Barry
White-sized doses of human

Growth hormone. Gird your
Loins, grasshopper: Blood

Clots are branching up to
The heart of each person you

Love. In the preternatural light
Before the sun rises, every home

On your block, foggy with dream
Fumes, has, for one imperfect second

Of lightning zaps & rodent
Bites, a 50-50 chance of becoming

A mound of smoking dirt.
Your child’s EZ-bake oven

Has been recalled. Do not
Weep. You must be strong.

A mother is leaving her two
Kids in the car. Listen up.

Feel it. Already, the temperature
Is a dozen above 100.

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