Last Night I Went To the Map of the World and I Have Messages for You
By Brendan Constantine
America says it has misplaced your number.
I wasn’t comfortable giving it out. I said
I’d let you know.
Africa’s birthday is this weekend.
There’s a party. No gifts.
If you’re planning to go, Greece wants
to know if it can get a lift. Awkwardly
so does Turkey.
Russia wanted me to say The worm knows
the cabbage but the worm dies first.
I have no idea what that means. Do you?
Japan looked really uncomfortable all night
but never spoke. Is something going on?
Ireland asked to be remembered.
I sang to it for you.
I didn’t get to connect with Europe
but, as the French say, Isn’t that just
Is that everyone? Oh yes, the oceans.
They asked what they always ask
and I promised I’d repeat it,
Why do you never call?
When are you coming home?
From Letters To Guns