Nothing under the elm outside the beating of dissidents
and even then, you got to know
out of respect for the feelings of others, and fueled
by a burgeoning economy
under collective hypnotic amnesia
outside the window, following stars
following days beyond the plaza, inscribing plots
and locked in pockets, days contained
within the cycle
deep in the out box where the rub is, where children
having nothing to do with a cover-up
jump off the roof with their shifting nets of nerve.
Gerald Yelle’s books are The Holyoke Diaries (Future Cycle Press), Evolution for the Hell of It (Red Dashboard Press), Mark My Word and the New World Order (The Pedestrian Press), and Restaurant in Walking Distance and Everything (Cawing Crow Press). He teaches high school English and is a member of the Florence (MA) Poets Society.
Gerald Yelle recommends “The Book” by Ben Loory.