Titian vs. Roadrunner by Dan Chiasson
If you are made for flight, intended for it,
had better find a pursuer, fast.
Otherwise all that fleeing is
This bull, he’s got a bad intent, he wants
to hog the entire corner of the picture.
The girl is
looking tasty to the espying putti.
This small bird
crisscrossing my childhood
at enormous speed, outrunning
running out of road to run down, running
of canyon, running out of cartoon
runs out of the cartoon, never
That’s why this landscape looks forlorn.
world turned upside down and shaken
like a piggybank, the one
rattling around inside, just coughed it up.