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The Exterminating Angel
A feast should be a celebration,
so why do I feel like a captive?
Why do I hear a dead bolt slide shut
every time someone pours a new glass of branch-water whiskey?
Why does all this talk of the declining empire
form a pattern of vertical iron bars?
Why are all the guests turning into animals:
the mule with his reading glasses sliding down his long snout,
the mare in her yellow ribbons and cleavage,
the wild boar in his black tie and tails,
the vixen with her wagging, white-tipped tail?
Why can't I push back my chair, mumble my excuse and calmly walk out the door?
What is this gravity, this invisible dark matter, that holds me in place?
Geoffrey Himes is from Maryland. His poetry appears in Gianthology, December, The Delaware Poetry Review, Salt Lick, The Baltimore City Paper, The Loch Raven Review, The Bhubaneswar Review, etc. His book on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., was published in 2005.