Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five



The car turns into a dolphin
or the dolphin turns
into a car. All I see
is the gray of becoming—
The subject wore a colored lens
in one eye and a clear lens in the other.
Both eyes stared
at the same red tree.
Keep your eyes open
and the lighted hand
on the traffic light
will disappear.
The tree looked back to the subject,
preferring the left eye
to the right eye,
but unable
to do anything
about it.
Am I the glass eyes
swinging from the
clanking metal
wind chime,
or these eyes,
the itchy
real ones?
Happiness is what?
The yellow chatter
of late afternoon brunch.
Keep your eyes open
and the hot pink carnations
in old lady curlers
will explain it all.

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Pageant (Alice James 2009) and Moraine (Hanging Loose Press 2006). In 2011,Least Weasel Press published her chapbook, The Emotive Function. For more visit: