pierhead lighthouse

pierhead lighthouse--rusted out shell of some forgotten weekend

beaten under lake erie's striking waves for centuries

& yet unwavering to demands from the angry water


one giant cigarette--shrinking under the weight of half-lit arguments

if god is awake in heaven, let him save this mark of freedom

& prove the lower lights burn still


they say if you look hard enough you can see canada from this point


canada--how sweet it sounds when you're drowning on the other side

icy water engulfing lungs, hearts

& bringing to mind a greater realization of unfulfilled prophesy