Another Modern World Has Been Born, Ezra
The assignment was Sons and Lovers.
Contrast, compare, discuss.
Is the story about incest
disguised as the love of flowers?
Read for understanding.
When Mama kicks the bucket,
is Sonny finally free of wanting
her obsession in place of grown-up love?
Who wouldn’t want to stay on mom’s insurance?
The Professor is talking to himself
in a sustainable eco-friendly room
filled with wallpaper people,
who raise both their hands, make fists,
and crook their frantic thumbs
back and forth and up and down.
Speak! He commands the crickets,
and idea-filled fingers become frenetic begging.
Pleading prayers of desperation.
My cell! My cell! My kingdom for a keypad!
He laughs at yesterday’s imperfection,
and today’s youthful predilection
to only read the text messages.
© Jenean McBrearty