Saturday Matinee, Circa 1961

by Gary Hardaway

The intrepid group, stranded
by storm and shipwreck
on the unknown tropical isle,

exercise Victorian ingenuity
and imitate, in rustic media, Home--
orthogonal, European, age of steam technology.
We are impressed and cheer them on
in their struggle against the wild
and unkempt ravages of nature

which, were it not for the bamboo
picket fence delineating property,
would swallow them whole.