James Himelsbach

(United States)


Here in this port city
where the petrochemical plant
leaks fluorocarbons into the air,
blistering the salmon sky, he speaks
French with the minister of trade
in the Tomb of the Last Sultan.

He can't concentrate in any language.
He hears calypso music bubbling up
from a steel drum player on a subway platform
in Manhattan while regretting
a casual kiss that lingered too long
in a tunnel near Kowloon Harbor, Hong Kong.

His brain is a jumble of local customs,
odd costumes, & money under the table
in villages where the free market explodes
into carnival light; yet wherever he goes,
the same beggar with the missing fingers
accosts him under every bridge.

Tomorrow, he'll do business in a country
where the currency is worthless,
a scorched terrain where the principal exports
are copper, nickel, & zinc,
another continent where everything
of value resides underground.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Underground by James Himelsbach )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  9. Alone With Everybody, Charles Bukowski
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »


Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Dayspring, Frank Avon
  2. A Lonely Princess, Steve Kittell
  3. Recife Dogs Haiku, Kim Barney
  4. Pausing - That Was All, Frank Avon
  5. Truth, Please, Sandra Feldman
  6. can I be..., Ganesh Veeraraghavan
  7. As You Laid There, GJG Elton
  8. At the market..., Ganesh Veeraraghavan
  9. Below, Frank Avon
  10. God's own..., Ganesh Veeraraghavan
[Hata Bildir]