POETRY

Taking the Fall

By

It would be difficult now to recall
what you didn't say if you said it.
Don’t fret about taking the fall—

there’s gold in that parasol
if you can remember where credit
is due. Just try to recall

the point of this Grand Guignol—
the lobbyist said you should shred it!
I know you’re not taking the fall,

but a plaque at the Washington Mall
is the final and permanent edit,
in bronze. I’m sure you recall

there’ll be no other record at all;
prominent sources unsaid it.
Don’t fret about taking the fall,

the truth is a free-for-all.
No reason whatever to dread it.
Play deaf and dumb. We’ll call
you after you’ve taken the fall.

Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Smartish Pace, Tar River Poetry, Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, and New American Writing, in the US, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review and Agenda in the UK, among other eminent journals and anthologies internationally. One of her poems was selected to be heli-dropped across London as part of the 2012 Olympics' Rain of Poems. She also writes drama.

there’ll be no other record at all;
prominent sources unsaid it.