OF GRANDEUR ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES
Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney
You've been invited or at least informed to/of
my Sadie Hawkins Dance for the Misinformed.
The way you know you're fond of someone
is when ripples in the pond spell your names
& every song on the radio is telling your story
& every song has a happy ending, or else a fade
to the shimmering black of the past. Allegories
are like commercials for how we act like animals
in love. Also, there are images: an old piano,
a broken mirror glittering the sidewalk,
a steel-blue knife & a Catherine Wheel.
Is this your real life? Will you ever know
things are symbols, what they mean?