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Ian Willey

Red Bandana

If I set off on my run early enough
I sometimes see that woman with the red bandana
coming back from her walk, arms swinging, full of smiles,
her legs long and painfully thin, like the screech of a pheasant
staking out its territory, somewhere in the brush
on the edge of the woods.


Ian Willey has spent his entire life living somewhere else.


 

Ian Willey

Replicants

I’m not sure when it happened
but someone has replaced our son with a simulacrum,
possessing the same DNA and general knowledge
but without the will to utter more than a syllable or two when pressed,
minus any interest in any of his previous obsessions
like the flight routes of major airlines (international and domestic)
or the ruling amphibians of the Devonian Period
or anything, really, apart from soccer highlights on YouTube,
who looks at the two of us as though we don’t exist
and never really did, like Santa Claus or the Loch Ness Monster,
Christopher Columbus and John Lennon,
and what disturbs me most
is that he may be right.


Ian Willey has spent his entire life living somewhere else.


 

Ian Willey

When I Was Lost

Having missed the entrance to the turnpike I stopped at a roadside diner,
the kind that serve eggs all day and the waitresses are named Edna,

and when I asked the waitress for directions (her name was Edna, as I said)
she smiled and said honey lots of people come in asking the same thing

the sign for the turnpike gets lost in the shadows late in the day,
but don’t you worry, it’s about two miles back on the left,

and now that I told you, there’s no way you’ll miss it again,
and here, have some coffee on the house, you look like you could use it,

and what’s more, this is really the thing, as I thanked her and headed out
she said that she’d be praying for me.

Ian Willey is a teacher who spends a lot of time writing things.

Ian Willey

Rotor Bob

When I heard the park had closed down
the first thing that popped into my mind
was Rotor Bob, that big guy in a Star Wars t-shirt
who’d ride that ride all day, every day,
all summer long, spinning round and round
in that dark space with the same blank expression
even when the floor snaps down
and girls start squealing and the only thing
keeping us from tumbling into the void
is centripetal force, the same thing
that stops the moon from flying off
in a straight line and off to a galaxy
far, far away.

Ian Willey is a teacher who spends a lot of time writing things.

Ian Willey

Faculty Development Seminar

It’s possible that the woman sitting in front of me
has never been told, or observed on her own,
that the three moles on the back of her neck
look just like Orion’s Belt, as seen in the southern sky
in the wee hours of a chilly autumn morning,
when the geese are moving and it gets harder
to wake up early to get a head start on work,
because in the afternoons you never get anything done.

Ian Willey writes poetry without rhyme or reason.

 

Ian Willey

Like Father, Like Son

Asked what he wanted to be when he grew up
my son answered, without looking up from his drawing,
that he’d either be a pilot or a Triceratops,
which made our guest laugh, but not me,
because I’d thought more or less the same thing
when I was his age, though instead of a Triceratops
I’d wanted to be an Ankylosaurus, because its whole body
including its eyelids was covered in thick, spiky bone,
an armor impenetrable to even
the most determined predator.

Ian Willey writes poetry without rhyme or reason.