Cincinnati

From The Snake's Back on Ugly River (Haikus)

Serpentine flourish

cradled by a toxic vein,

filled with brown water.

 

Boats like pathogens,

adrift in the murk, do stray;

but not far, for long.

 

I tolerate glare;

my observations suffer,

but I shan't despair,

 

though I am aware

of the leaks I have sustained.

I envy their hulls;

 

those stolid vessels.

They endure the waste, and shine

in spite of the grime.

 

However I must

accumulate so much bilge -

where are my rotors?

 

My anchor's chain rots,

the barnacles are roosting.

Sutures, all for not.