PoetryIssue 18 | June 2013

Two Poems by Mike Alexander

When asked where he is from,
the traveler replies
the high road is his home,
the estuaries, the quays,
the fjords, the friendly skies,
from downtown San Diego
to ethereal Shanghais,
  Et in Arcadia Ego.

Spitting out his gum,
he affably applies
his fixed viaticum;
he pays to supersize
a cheeseburger with fries,
then drives his Winnebago
on to the next franchise,     
  Et in Arcadia Ego.

He is the world’s alum,
grandmaster of goodbyes;
he mounts his oil drum,
& starts to sermonize
to breeding bottle flies
on labyrinths of LEGO
blocks & twisty ties,
  Et in Arcadia Ego.

Traveler, shade your eyes,
lest others on your way go
the distance – take the prize –
  Et in Arcadia Ego.

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About the author

Mike Alexander has traveled Mexico’s highlands, Vancouver’s straits, the continentally altered states, Alaska, US Virgin islands, Borinquen, England, France, Amersterdam, Italy and Greece. His poems have recently appeared in Abridged, Measure, The Nervous Breakdown, Raintown Review, River Styx, and elsewhere.

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