—after Ned Rothenberg’s Old Country
North Carolina Summer
closed mouth warmth
bouncing off lake’s cushioned lumbar
twirling, follow-catching mosquito
arrogance, land, suck, abscond. Family
sits desiring collocational function of
food and sweetened tea
bathing amid day’s antiquated oven.
Visitors unlock dispositions of friendly
admiration, using white unused napkins
fanning irritation of winged nuisance,
irony of realization, home, indulging
need and functioning adoration.
Felino A. Soriano