"The Small-Town Voice of God"

"The Small-Town Voice of God"

"The Small-Town Voice of God"

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Dec. 17 2002 11:13 AM

The Small-Town Voice of God

Listen to Michael Chitwood reading this poem.

Band boosters man the cocoa cups.
There's a handful of steam for anyone
with a quarter, whipped cream

for another nickel. A moment
of silence, blank to fill in,
or not, the rehearsed separation


of brass and woodwinds
at the fifty. Friday night stalls.
We believe we will win

and the scoreboard exclaims
O, O. It's a coin toss,
heads butting tails in the dirt.

Everyone's here, so that beyond
the banks of lights no one
hears the cheers go up.

Michael Chitwood published two collections of poems in 2007,From WhenceandSpill.  He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.