stranded fast upon these shores as twilight deepens

by Robert Roley

stymied
           before icons of the virtual
the news all apocalypse
                       colorado burning
           words like fragments
                       of a shattered pane
caught up in the dream
           of the calico ape
we await some loaves
           and fishes thing

me    i’ve become
         the fakir’s apprentice
i talk to myself
sleep on the floor
wear sandals in the rain
         like an off ramp jesus
                                cadging coin
in anticipation
                   of the wheel
i’ve taken up bowing
                              to sand