24

by Monica Youn

Fear is the coin dropping into its slot;

two dollars fall to the liquor shop floor.

The day is a net of twenty four knots.

A modestly veiled woman poses no threat,

but the veil truly masks a thief's face and hair

Fear is the coin dropping into its slot.

300 Priuses that someone forgot

voluptuously rust in the Miami air.

The day is a net of twenty four knots.

The primary insight of Keynesian thought:

the way out of debt is for us to spend more.

Fear is the coin dropping into its slot.

A lawsuit, foreclosure, inescapable debt

is the price of a new mother's prenatal care

The day is a net of twenty four knots.

A blind man trapped in a ring of perpetual light

slips the noose, vanishes into the glare.

Fear is the coin dropping into its slot.

The day is a net of twenty four knots.