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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 25

America and Other Festive Occasions

the embryo of a giant
Mm?
a newborn giant
an infant giant
a growing Giant
demanding from the back seat
Are we There yet?
till adolescence, then

a sleeping Giant
a waking GIANT
muttering
What the wha—?
while rubbing sleep-sogged eyes

another adolescence, then

a tiptoeing GIANT on bug-infested boards
a STOMPING GIANT
an OBLITERATING GIANT!
What was that?
ever the adolescent, then

a GIANT that must be finally destroyed
or at least one whom all the former and future giants

(the toothless geriatric
Eh?
and the spineless embryonic
Mm)
feel that way about

and so we sleep again

till another adolescence,
our best always what’s yet to come

the eternal adolescent
beautiful, unpredictable,
who makes everyone else at the party
wish we would sleep
or wish we would wake
but mostly wonder

Now what?







James B. Nicola