Home, Sweet Home
A mouse in its nest inside a moose skull looks up at miniature icicles dangling from cracks in the bone above her head, Silver icicles inside a moose skull as darkness falls and the cold wind howls while the mouse feels safe and warm — home, sweet home. But one night she froze and come spring there was a mouse skull inside a moose skull and inside the mouse skull A spider spun a web and lived all spring — home, sweet home, and when it died A tiny mite moved in inside where the spider’s brain was and lived all summer — home, sweet home, before it died, So there was a skull in a skull in a skull in a skull causing a poet’s brain in its skull to think isn’t the Earth in the Sun’s skull the way his poems are in his head? And the Sun in the Galaxy’s skull and the Galaxy in the Universe’s skull and the Universe in the Big Bang’s skull and the Big Bang in Eternity’s skull and Eternity in Infinity’s skull and . . . Home, sweet home.
Former poet laureate of Milwaukee, Antler, is author of Factory (City Lights), Last Words (Ballantine), Selected Poems (Soft Skull) and Exclamation Points ad Infinitum! (Centennial Press). His poems also appear in the anthologies Poets Against the War, Best Gay Poetry 2008, Working Words, In the Spirit of T’ao Ch’ien and Comeback Wolves: Welcoming the Wolf Home. When not wildernessing or traveling to perform his poems, he lives in Milwaukee with his longtime camerado, poet Jeff Poniewaz. For more info, photos, poems, check out his website: www.antlerpoet.net.