Drive Thru Live Nativity says the sign next to the Arby’s on North Franklin.

Walmart, I kissed the sounds of the register, the registers kissed me.

Your jumpsuit of distress. Your mask of sadness.

There’s a billboard with a real camel and a girl dressed like an angel, and it says, This adventure will take you back in time.

We went night swimming at a Holiday Inn one time in Louisville in our underwear.

The totems will be covered.

Your one-stop shop!

A shimmer of possibility.

It says, You will experience first-hand the birth of our Savior, featuring live animals and professionally crafted scenery.

Something about being architects of our own beauty.

Every child brings its own luck, said my grandfather, and our mouths are always apocalyptic.

It was at the wedding of the friends who introduced us, though now they’re divorced. We drank cheap beer and swam all night in the hotel pool and security never came for us.

 Only a risen savior can save a dying world.

Endure. Swifter than we expected.

Please tell me, my love, that something else is possible.

The world is beautiful: nine swimming pools and a broken glass. Some duplex apartments. Thirty-four parking lots. Twenty-six gasoline stations. Every building on the strip mall.

Before morning, we returned to our rooms.

 

 

meitnerErika Meitner is the author, most recently, of Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011) and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her fourth book, Copia, is forthcoming in the fall of 2014 from BOA Editions.  She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.

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