Russell Streur

SERAFINE ROSE DANCES FOR THE TSAR OF ALL RUSSIAS

Serafine Rose pulls up her hair
With a red gancho
Lets fall
A thin black dress

Wearing coral on her toenails
Silver links around her waist
And nothing else
Dances for the Tsar of All Russias

Staring with green eyes
Into his blue
Thus unveiled
To a very slow waltz

Like fingers around his throat
Searching for bone.

 

BUSINESS AS USUAL NUMBER 2

Benefit design.
New turf.
Algae bloom.

Global weakness.
Data breach.
Deportation.

Shared needle.
Razor blade.
Closed circuit.

“There’s a trade off,”
The executive said.
“The cost goes up somewhere else.”

Some glimpse of salvation.
Automatic override.

 

EVENTS OF THE DAY

Leslie Narum homers in his first at bat.
Eddie Murray homers.
Charlie Macwell hits four in a row.
Willie McCovey homers in his last at bat.

The Old Man in the Mountain topples over.
The British execute Patrick Pearse.
The British execute Thomas McDonagh.
The British execute Thomas Clarke.

San Francisco burns.
So does Jacksonville.
Egypt seizes the Sinai.
The silver fleet sets sail.

Byron swims the Hellespont.
Goya paints.

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