Monday, December 5, 2011

"Indian Winter" by Linda Kunhardt

               Indian Winter

        Why does Mama wear
Indira’s red and green earrings?

        A jinx is the inverse
            of Jewish artichoke;

        kinship is the transverse
            of no opinion coke.

        Flambé is the reverse
            of Papa’s poker chips;

        touché to the universe
            of acquiescent lips.

        For the same reason she wears
 silent Nehru jacket, holy Nehru jacket.

Source of the text – Poetry, December 2011, p. 229.

Bourguignomicon: This verse-collage toys with style & substance; we get consonance-activated couplets bracketed in a Christmas-y question-and-almost-answer.

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