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, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is also the author of seven books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! (2014) and the novel in poems Robinson Alone (2012). She is also the coeditor of René Magritte: Selected Writings, forthcoming fall 2016 from Alma Books (UK) and University . . .

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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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