THE CONTESTANTS DESPITE ALREADY HAVING BEEN CAUTIONED STILL DISPLAY AN IMPERVIOUS CONSPICUOUSNESS
The slide is particularly greasy
hard to stay on never mind score.
Long robotic arms torture,
blinding and tearing great chunks
of flesh and hair, debilitating.
Masses of bodies lay at the bottom
until a siren announces a pause,
then the playing field is cleaned
hosed down with impotent salt water.
Those that are cognizant affect
a worse demeanor than is.
They gain an advantage, stall
walk slower back to the steps
perhaps grab a conspicuous limb
already bloody and precipitant.
Can’t get the grass rug down quick
enough for them, without that
improvisational need for showmanship.
Colin James was born in the north of England near Chester. He spent
most of his youth in Massachusetts before moving back to England
and working as a Postman for The Royal Mail, then as a Trackman
for British Rail. He met his American wife, Jane, in Chester and
they currently reside in Western Massachusetts. He is a great admirer
of the Scottish landscape painter, John Mackenzie.