"Don't Fear the Rainbow" and "A Picnic Full of Secrets"

Don’t Fear the Rainbow

An explosion followed by snow
in deepest July
could be an omen
or just a scheme
for selling more rain hats
to rain-fearing citizens,
anyone who’d rather
have electric snow
pumped across the window,
or who brings a tanning booth
to a luau; thunder’s not
just for rain; it could hail
up ghosts rapping at the window
even in the fullness of day,
when you know a haunting is serious;
for who comes out in bad weather
unless there’s a rainbow
to see, or a pot of gold
and an invite to plunder

 


 

A Picnic Full of Secrets

Then there was the day
everything got stuffed up the stovepipe—
best place to hide your French fries and beer
when grandma comes calling—
in a minute every stash
we could think of
got covered in ash, a good
clean substance if you don’t get it wet;
all the evidence of bigfoot​
and UFO landings hacked out of the FBI files;
all the bootlegged kung fu westerns,
bomb making plans, and recipes
for dandelion wine, potato salad, and mahogany
cake—an old family secret,
because you can’t be too careful at the picnic;
the wasps swarmed in like cops
waving stingers like pistols
and buzzing for dominion;
we swatted them with wiffle bats,
but they just kept coming
for the ice cream and the wine;
when their chief leaned his cigar
up the chimney, searching for the keg,
Mom’s firecrackers took light
with a rattle of gunfire;
and just like that the evidence burned,
no harm done, no fault, no foul,
and we’re better off now without
all that junk and distraction

 

 

Jeff Bagato

A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music and glitch video. Some of his poetry and visuals have appeared in BlazeVOX, Chiron Review, Empty Mirror, Futures Trading, Sheila-na-Gig, H&, Slipstream, and Word for/Word. Some short fiction has appeared in Danse Macabre and The Colored Lens. He has published nineteen books, all available through the usual online markets, including Savage Magic (poetry) and Kill Claus! (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at http://jeffbagato.com. Jeff recommends contributing to Angry Old Man Magazine.

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 22:08