Poem to the Disco Cruise Boat

By Madeleine Quirk

Poem to the Disco Cruise Boat

Oh, cruise boat on the river, wielder of flashing lights
wave your arms like horizons. I mean,
be still as the sun’s last moment in the sky.

“disco” © fihu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fihu/142058131/)

In your gut, I bared my belly,
moved my body like bellows, breathing
the sweat of livestock like liquor.
I was drunk on the sound of a day ending.

Oh, reckless disco farmer, plastic tulip yielder,
you are the mighty killer of weeds,
the great terror of all mothers-in-arms.

I was among the victims of tubes
of lip gloss, that poorly disguised poison,
and our shallow roots surrendered
to cheap strapless dresses that evening.

Oh, satin eyelid, clairvoyant usher of seasons,
will you never grow tired?

Still now, you rush down the river, relentless
as you sink into a neon night.

Madeleine Quirk is a high school student in Kingston, Ontario. She is sixteen years old. Aside from poetry, her interests include reading and choral singing. She is previously unpublished.

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