Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Ancestor Worship by Debby Regan

The last Imperial Chinese parts of
Ourselves reside in the attic
With jade busts

To throw garlands?
.............Show our reverential

These ancestors whose
Maddening destructiveness
Mocks what PBS would instill.

(I cried about the lost
polar bears who float
away from our fingertips
on iceberg rafts)

some Edwardian sailors keep
a naturalist's case of
extinction but when they retire,

the glass eyes reincarnate and
follow the specks of light
from the ceiling

Is the Irish elk in
heaven? I never saw such antlers

They say on
forty feathers of passenger
pigeons the Woolworth Building stands

Debby Regan, USA

1 comment:

Crafty Green Poet said...

Debby says: I have a BA in English from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and have been published most recently on and in Sigma Tau Delta’s Southern Gazette. I also write articles for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, formerly Associated Content, and my profile on that site is at