The Cock and Kettle
The ceiling sags,
water in a sock.
Lift it over the levee and into the next duchy.
Outside the lunchspot, the rooster swings
with brackets to its comb and tail.
It creaks and crows.
The trees go one way, the car another.
Minnowing around, meowing,
carombing in the bathtub down
into the next apartment.
On the mattress, the man swims
printed with ferns.
Joyelle McSweeney teaches at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her first book, The Red Bird, won the Fence Modern Poets Prize and was published in 2002. Her second book, The Commandrine and Other Poems, is forthcoming from Fence in Fall 2004.
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