BEFORE I LEAVE

Already I see myself turning into salt
at the doorway of 2005. The country
is blowing up, and the sun is yodeling,
and the air is filled with monarchs.
I am wearing red shoes, studying obituaries.
A dollar bill is floating in the toilet bowl.
Thank you for the marbles, balloons, razor wire,
dreams of mercy. The alarm has been ringing for hours.
Math remains math. I'm not sure if I'm in a signing mood.
Best of luck with your tigers, parrots, horses, serpents.
This time signature is indeed an odd one.
I’ll wear a tuxedo to our next festival of mud.
Shalom. Halleluiah. May your armageddons be fruitful.



John Amen
JOHN AMEN 's debut poetry collection, Christening the Dancer, was released by Uccelli Press in 2003 and has been nominated for various national awards, including the Oscar Arnold Young Award and the Brockman-Campbell Prize. He has published poetry and fiction in various magazines and journals, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A new musical recording, All I'll Never Need, was released by Cool Midget Records in September 2004. Further information is available on his website: www.johnamen.com. Amen founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine.
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