Send Money For A Better World

What do the sightless see when they dream?
Does Hawking waltz with Michelle Obama
as muted trumpets make the windows steam?
Mutes speak in tongues? Black in Alabama
revel in respect from local sheriffs,
the dull make love in Italian or Dutch,
customhouse men see the end of tariffs,
those in deep trouble, maybe not-so-much?

I dream of living, of making amends,
and sex like a bird on my lower lip,
though now and then there are ominous trends,
I am in the water, not on the ship.
Well, the planet’s round, or anyway curled,
money won’t steady this turbulent world.

Daniel J. Langton‘s work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Iowa Review, the TLS and similar publications. His Querencia won the Devins Award and the London Prize. His Selected Poems will appear this year.

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