Canto II – a poem by Andrew Hutto

Canto II

In the earliest age of the gods, existence was born from non-existence (Rigveda X.LXXII.II )

Extended leg pistol squats, CCTV robberies —
Think oft’ truly well, the days before Anna and Olly
They made lemonade popsicles and fed waterfowl oats.

…………..Deep entombed, the austere was always subtle.
…………..Paint fence posts white and paint the barn doors — SOS.

Says it’s old and new.

…………..SHOWTUNES™ before predawn drill patience / cadence called
…………..to sing-song rhythm, the march of six feet locust. Un moment de faveurs idiotes.

No fear to beget.

Simply play in the sprinkler and pick tulips by the overpass.
Pass out lunch baggies: “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado á su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.”

Tire not, in trying-times to see a glowing.
For what it is —          silly fox, here is summer. There is spring.
Here was the henhouse; now see what you’ve done?
All the feathers —
scattered?

Lift the restriction on taboo interlocation. It is also a prescription against trying-times.
Na hanamacha caillte
 
Press to ground. Ear and eyes and matted hair in the amphitheater.

…………..So there was no relief in the mountain ranges or the desert landscapes?
…………..No — the air was too thick to manage.
…………..The grey clouds stayed for days.
…………..But underground some found refuge.

…………..Before the shovels hit granite, that is, there was no room left to bury.
…………..The sea was the next bet.

Here we find the captain, surely stable. Held-high himself,
gathered up a crew for the garish vessel.

Set sail for an open ocean mutiny.
Flying under a red flag —
…………..…………..…………..Nous mourons en Christ

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Andrew Hutto is originally from north Georgia but currently writes out of Kentucky. He recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in English. His sonnet was selected for the Hands and Feet Poetry Derby at Churchill Downs. In the summer of 2019, he served as a preliminary judge for the Louisville Literary Arts Writer’s Block fiction prize. His poetry appears in Thrush and is forthcoming in Barnhouse and Eunoia Review. For more information visit www.andrewhutto.org

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