Bomb Circuitry
by Michael Brett

Consider the circuitry of a bomb. Like you
It works with a telephone call.

A circuit board has political independence.
It has its own batteries, its own power.
It is as pretty and clever as a tube map.
Its parts are ancient books and modern coins.

A bomber is an artist, an electric surrealist
Who sees towers as gibbets, forests as fish bones.
On the black print of his newspaper, he solders
Semtex to gold, timers to copper.

He can write in the smoke over cars and buildings,
Sketch with the trails of planes and speedboats.
He can arrange death like a tub of flowers in the street
As a work of art, a Goya bullfight with bands and costumes.

Copyright © 2009 - Michael Brett
Published: 12/10/09   ·  Author's Page   ·  Next Poem