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Glen Armstrong
A Rare Configuration of Clouds

Some of the hell
was just nicknamed “hell”
because it was hot

and otherworldly.
The girls took their shoes off.
“If this be hell,”

thought Little Irwin, “damn
me to it


And some of the otherworldly
was nicknamed “otherworldly”
for irony’s sake,

in the manner that we call
a fat guy “Little Irwin”
or The President

“Oh Wise One.”
The sun leaked out

from a rare configuration
of clouds.

It was a hell of an evening.
The girls returned
to their shoes

which were now only nicknamed “shoes.”
They were private planes
for pretty feet

landing and taking off.