Auroral Nights

   after Joachim du Bellay

by Kevin T McEneaney

In Iceland there’s no shortage of lava

while the ocean offers plenty of salt.

Combine these two common ingredients:

one arrives at superior skin cream

which is why the ladies appear so svelte.

For winter warmth the men drink icy gin

and among women sex is not a sin.

There is the burden of long winter nights

when everyone is thoroughly depressed—

they find some consolation in knitting

wool sweaters with traditional patterns

which are usually geometric.

Being cheerful is often a pretense

for the lid of isolation in life….

Kevin T McEneaney

Author of Hunter S. Thompson: Fear, Loathing, and the Birth of Gonzo and other books