A Comic History of Bullets
Gunpowder first was used to make a roar
rather than propel projectiles. In college,
one can learn the typical calm of the Flemish
national character wasn't much of a match
for early arms and, thus, the armless blemish.
If there were, in this world, any true aim,
an inventor would go with each invention, but
sometimes myth must do; a runaway Moor
is linked to the naming of the snaphaunce. Dispatched,
he fell from a chicken coop. Projectile knowledge
has come and gone but mostly come: dud
sometimes, sometimes fire and the end of breath.
I favor revolvers forged, in the blue flame
of horseshoe nails: a crafted, lucky death.
John Poch's most recent book of poems is Two Men Fighting with a Knife. He is the editor of 32 Poems Magazine.
copyright © 2008, John Poch
BECCA DE LA ROSA
—The Baby is Safe
—The Fisherman's Child
—Faith, Hidden in the Hands of the Blind
—A Comic History of Bullets
—To Recover from Lightning, Etc.
A. ROSS ECKLER