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Chad Frisbie recently graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in English and creative writing. He currently works in Portland, ME.

Chad Frisbie

A Good Speech


Dear ugly delegates
of this fine fine sauna,

I've tried to complete
each of our houses

with as many cabooses
as time allows,

as many whiskers
as cute little sneezes,

and because I might
love you, yes,

I've tried. Please vote
to keep it going

with whatever arrives
like Persian rugs expanding

through a mad mandala.
Of course, dear cousin,

Time is not lost.
You see, the sundial

props up the bull's-eye
in the basement

despite that we think more
in terms of cloudforests

dying as they still proliferate
on days like today.

If it's the last thing I do,
I will lead you

to the toilets.
These rooms sway on

substandard curves,
sexy old scrolls

we sometimes spit on,
and so on, and so on.