Manifest Destiny

enough somehow
what could
get us all out to Ohio
with any luck
or Los Angeles      God
grant us a big balloon
and some sandwiches
for the trip

uncontested these times
appear an empty thing
like as not      to
knock the bottom
out of all my Sunday School teachings
but I do not want
to be like this
when say these things
undo themselves

Joel Bettridge (© 2002)