Midsummer XXV

Midsummer XXV
by Glen Armstrong


In spite of the physical danger
     We ran half-naked
     Through the woods

Becoming stranger to each other
     The further we got
     From the city

Seeing ourselves for the first time
     Stripped from red wine’s
     Vaporous vines

     And poetry’s cleaner foot
     The sex manuals / the hymnals
     That denounce them

     The recipes for stroganoff
     The soft-focus lens

We countered western civilization’s
     Slow fade from flesh                                                                          

     Yet sentient cherries
     Continued to whisper
     Lines from West Side Story.

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Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch), In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.