AN IRREGULAR ODE
Thirty days shy of forty,
on a rush-hour-crowded Coney-Island-bound F train,
I questioned the exact circumference of the sandy circle
in which the Children of Israel wandered for forty years.
Were desert environs so sundry as to provide a passable
facsimile of farther & farther? Of progress rather than round
& round? How can we help but forgive them their myopia?
(Though I know that isn’t the right term for what ailed them.)
Rangi McNeil is a native of Laurinburg, North Carolina. He earned a BA in history from Rice University and his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. He is the author of Occasional Poems and The Missing.