Executing the Trade

by Bill Yarrow


Prospero's in his cell and I'm in mine. 

He drowns his books, I'm drowning in mine. 
He exercises his power—I'm powerless to exercise. 
The indigenous world is just not for us. 

The oil dog barks at a wall of dried primer. 
A stuck baffle in the duct. Escucha, joven
do not accept the dry inevitability of 
detachment or the slick utility of lust.

Ven, amigos! You are all invited to the rescue. 
Prospero smiles at the bulwarks, foreign 
and domestic. He sees enchanted beings 
benignly dance. I see a black lighthouse

at the end of a chocolate pier. You want to be
an architect. Un arquitecto! The future cautions:
Cuidado! Be mindful of the bride who cries.