Robinson Escapes to the Cape for Independence Day

By Kathleen Rooney Kathleen Rooney
O little-know facts—how Robinson attracts them!
Pilgrims rocked ashore here, before Plymouth Rock.
The word scrimshaw is of unknown origin.
The stock name of the archaic two-lane main road? Route 6A. Really
it’s Old King’s Highway.
Some facts are useless: the paper bag was invented in Dennis.
Some facts are not: Wellfleet’s town clock sings out ship’s time.
19th century Americans observed only three holidays. The Fourth of
July was one.
O witty aperçus—how Robinson accrues them!
Good food is self-made, like a good millionaire.
Don’t just do something. Stand there.
It’s got to be the weekend somewhere.
Robinson is crisp & perspicuous. His wife stands next to him on the
Democracy could be a lot more sexy if . . . this one fades in the rockets’
red glare.
Ann blushes, runs a hand through his hair.
Robinson looks up, concussed.
Fireworks percuss.

Kathleen Rooney, “Robinson Escapes to the Cape for Independence Day” from Robinson Alone. Copyright © 2012 by Kathleen Rooney. Reprinted by permission of Gold Wake Press.

Source: Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012)

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Poet Kathleen Rooney

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, The Mind, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

Holidays Independence Day

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 Kathleen  Rooney


Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is the author of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010) and the novel-in-poems, Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). Her most recent book is the novel O, Democracy! (Fifth Star Press, 2014). With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of the first English edition of The . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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