by Bill Waters and Michael Dylan Welch

Published in Presence #60, March 2018, page 68. Originally written in June of 2017.       +

“one small step” . . .
up there on the moon
old glory                                                                                     Bill

        the union jack
        limp at the cenotaph                                                          Michael

Olympic rings
snapping in the wind . . .
doping allegations                                                                      Bill

summer swelter—
a tattered jolly roger
on the Disney ride                                                                       Michael

        beneath the French tricolor
        riot police in black and white                                              Bill

gallery opening—
a change of weather
ripples the rainbow flag                                                               Michael