The moon

Patrick Donnelly

We coupled like rabbits, me with hundreds,

hundreds with me, hundreds with hundreds

in those orgies on narrow beds at the baths.

Some nights their faces from the ‘80s rise —

                    Ken Ketwig

                    Stephen Simmons

                    Ramon Castaneda

                    Doyle Hardin

                    Michael Donatelli

                    Robbie Mittle

                    Peter Vom Lehn

                    Christopher Morrissey

                    Terry Cook …

Did you know there’s a rabbit, not a man,

in the moon? Battering with his pestle,

pounding the new rice in his mortar,

crushing, releasing the elixir of life.

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