i watched

“I watched five mallards, their necks flashing green, land in formation to skim on the Tiber.”*
locust over  Nigeria
“And hazard in the Glorious Enterprize,”
one limpid dream
i was told
girls ride their bicycles
even around the statue of  Giordano Bruno
they want to break free
i am awake
i am not going to be vigilant
i observe
covid toe, gleaming red
some guard
some place
i will not sleep while dreaming
i am not a ward
i keep the watch
night watch
death watch

i watched the warnings of experts
masks & crowd control as well as
fake strolls
i watched the rhyme zone of bowl & hole
of air holes, broccoli & glycol &
all the lonely places of sky reads
the asclepiades so to speak
Hygieia, Iaso, Aceso, Aegle, Panacea
but bicycle race came my way
“I don’t believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman” **
All I wanna do is
fat bottom This
to look out for these beauties …
it’s a pop poem

i watched the sentinel
hoe dipper
since the night is divided
three watch, four watch
five can not be
prolonged orgasm
while i said no
somebody said :
hey, i did not know that this is so popular


—Martina Gertrude Siebert

*Rome has been Sacked, Conquered and Abandoned. now it’s the Pandemic’s Turn.
Jason Horowitz, NYT 4/1/2020

**Bicycle Race Queen

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