by Daniel A. Nicholls. Poetry, art, and related problems.
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Consumer Alert - Trojan Fire & Ice Condoms
Upon examining a Trojan Fire & Ice condom, I immediately noticed something was very wrong.
Ahem. Take it from a man named Frost.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice”
I did start by trying to make it lovely for you,
I swear. I turned my father into a great black bird
and his life into a river lit by a basket lamp burning
fragrant splits of pine. Look, I even turned
my mother into a noble fisherman, face
shielded by a snow-white hat’s brim.
But my father was really nothing like a cormorant,
his death nothing like noble work, and not even
1300 years of history could explain away his silence
or my mother’s cruel collar and wet, heavy ropes.