Puppet X, 4

by Jerry Ratch







I'm not a practicing angel, 

ladies and gentlemen


Got these penny wings 

out of boredom


I need to know 

that black and grey place 

inside an angel 

where you bow your head, 


when a puppet 

forgets himself, 


when a man learns 

how small deer laugh


— that we live 

singing about lettuce —

blue lettuce on Thursday… 


(when they turn over a card 

and hand you a rule) 


"a bunny may weep

a bunny may sleep


and a big bunny 

may pray 

once in awhile..."


For I must spend time with them


And we will have our hours