After his speech the people
who’d assembled to imbibe
the mulled wine of his baritone
went home and tried to rebuild
everyone, while the President
click-clacked back to Washington
wreathed in the steam of engines
he’d unleashed then stalked
like a gaunt apostrophe across
the street to telegraph Ulysses
Grant to “please come get this
business over with” before his
hair made wisps of smoke like Little
Round Top and his bristling jowl
grew sunken into Devil’s Den
chewing its hallowed dead.
Grant’s reply read.
Ed Granger lives in Lancaster County, where he was raised to love both books and theoutdoors. Since returning to PA in 1993, he has volunteered and worked for healthcarenonprofits. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Little Patuxent Review, TheBroadkill Review, Potomac Review, Roanoke Review, Free State Review, Naugatuck RiverReview, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and other journals.