Devils Elbow: Map & Aerial View



Were the mapmakers drunk & laughing as they named it?
Lots of us live in it & don’t know it.
“Devil’s Elbow? Never heard of it!”

I live approx. here-ish. We have tall red pines
growing under the devil’s arm. Do they tickle?
Not even a sign on the road. No P.O.
No stores. On a map it’s a town. Elbow.

Is it just a deviled egg made sweet with mayonnaise?
The yolk and the white? We compost the shell,
burial, rebirth, Love?

Mr. Elbow Macaroni, I laugh at you
if you try to enter this house.
Pooh on you, silly fellow!
Only angels allowed!

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2 comments on “Devils Elbow: Map & Aerial View

  1. I love maps – of all kinds (but especially geologic maps. They’re beautiful.) They’re visually appealing to me and are full of all kinds of cool names. Never thought of combining all that with poetry to make something new. I’m glad you did. I loved this!

    • your comment means so much to me, thank you! after i wrote on the map, i wrote it out as a poem and i liked the result so much that i’m thinking i could use maps more when working on poems – a new way to find one’s poetic direction…

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