Robert Ronnow
                                               Long As You're Living



                        Motel Room


Motel room, U.S. map made of license plates
everything I need for a week is here, king-
size bed, microwave, fridge, tv, hot plate
the carpet's pretty clean, the bathroom baptized
and there are two mirrors in which to imagine
myself, to analyze and idolize.
Wifi, not an Elizabethan inn,
in a century when one fears nuclear war
and we're warned against the shock of fast change,
the door sports three locks though nothing dangerous
could happen in a town like this, named for spring
water found by thirsty desert travelers.
My home for a week living alone, contained
safe from the elements, roar of airplanes.


Copyright 2017 by Robert Ronnow.