When they find the ark at a garage sale in Ohio, they lift it up, give it wheels, and move it to New York for a ticker-tape parade. No one has ever seen the city so clean, with its thick air erased by winds imported from Iceland, and its sick and dying sent to Jersey. Children in the crowd ungrip their fathers' hands when the ark comes firing doves from cannons and delivering plastic beaded strings unto their necks. The mothers don't care where the kids go, they're busy undressing and tearing, naked, through barricades to welcome this wooden holy—this ship so big it doesn't slow as it passes over hundreds of cupped hands and curved backs.
Paige Lewis, whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, The Colorado Review and elsewhere, is the 2016 recipient of The Florida Review Editors’ Award in Poetry. Paige Lewis's chapbook, Reasons to Wake You, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press.