Saturday, May 29, 2010

To Find Home

The trick, I am told by a man clad
in khaki armor, is to search for points of departure

and arrival. The exterminators have been around twice
this week, and the back porch has just stopped

reeking of pesticide, the unfinished wood
beneath the floorboards' peeling paint

soaking in the scent. The winter months expanded
the water in everything––the house groaned bloated,

unhappy to have taken in so much––and we, too,
grew beyond our patient domesticity, flaking off

in brittle sheets. After the eruption
of summer, everything emerges unsteadily. Even the wasps

wander the windowsills, the sidewalk cratered
with abandoned anthills. The exterminator tells me

it takes the lazy not-looking of an optical illusion to see
where the trouble originates. On this first

ninety-degree day of summer, a nail swelled out
of place catches between my toes, and the corpse

of the overstuffed couch that breaks my fall
buzzes angrily from inside.

Join the circus:


Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Oh, Nathan -- this is another great one! A really fine poem.

Tumblewords: said...

Great energy and movement in this! I enjoyed every word!

Paul Oakley said...

Great imagery, Nathan! I particularly love the concrete truth of these lines:

The exterminator tells me

it takes the lazy not-looking of an optical illusion to see
where the trouble originates.

Very nicely done!

Diane T said...

Terrific metaphor! Great work!

Linda said...

A house saturated, its occupants equally so...lovely plays on words, philosophies scattered about like so many pests...I like it. Lots.

雅伯 said...

色金激麻館 交友聊天室 藍色情人視訊網 卡通美女a片免費試看 ez自慰台灣 情色 av女優報報,免費試看 18成人avooo,情色 電影 視訊美女ggoo 美女寫真 avdvd一夜情色妹妹免費情慾影片觀賞 hilive免費線上a電影 免費成人片 情人小魔女自拍 網路自拍美女聊天室天堂 美眉 美女 聊天室 遊戲 av女優 av影片 無碼 A片 一夜成人聊天室 sex888 交友網免費視訊聊天 免費視訊聊天mmshow ut 華人影音視訊聊天室 sex女優王國,情色,av 網交甜心 聊天室wewet 免費影片下載 視訊美女jp成人 a片面費下載 台灣成人網 xx18 net影片交流區 免費 a 長片線上看,檳榔西施清涼秀 本土自拍天堂,無碼av女優 情色論壇性愛aa 片 hotsee總站 免費線上視訊fm358 免費a片影片下載 亞洲視訊成人影片論壇 網愛俱樂部 成人圖片區18成人avooo 18 限亞洲禁果影城 拓網免費視訊辣妹脫衣秀 sex免費看影片彩虹論壇 情色視訊交友85cc 視訊美女巨乳34c AV168 成人電影院 免費視訊聊天室捷克論壇 sex888免費影片分享區 UT視訊交友 免費成人影片 bbs論壇,限制級 avsex無碼a片 情色妹

Deb said...

It's wonderful how something so full of toxic annoyance can turn into a beautiful poem.

Love every single line. Really. :-)


brenda said...

The bastards pests. I'm telling you, in another 20 years they may be all that's left!

Well done.

Anonymous said...

my own not-looking has been intentional. If I ever find the source it will have to be dealt with.

many many good bits here. love the house groaning at being bloated, and the brittle sheets of doemsticity.