Maze-fed country boys pray to one god on game day
before televised tradition, when morning games pre-game adulthood.
By late afternoon’s traditional feast, all will be NFL MVPs.
Super Bowls, not equations, couplets, complex histories or simple metaphors
inspire, only giving thanks to bodies maintained to be entertained.
Balls, the hopes of inner-cities—it’s the same as for country rats
raised on Nike and gravy-laced overtime heartbeats,
time spent dreaming about being the sexiest men dead or alive.
Some boys savagely skin themselves, demanding nudity with
Gatorade-stained mouths, cornucopias of curse words.
Shirts and skins!—the death sentence of fat children.
Running, like swimming, is safe in a shirt: no one knows what’s underneath—
Games are wars, and boys know bodies don’t matter, only the body count
over grass the color of badly born babies born to be picked last.
Savages and sweat-dressed saviors pretend to play
with knuckles the color of Sun Dancers, the game is everything
we were born to be and be thankful for.