posted Aug 8, 2007

for Benin

Well, that’s how I feel.
            I’d like to be

  Norway, land
of A-frames


of the midnight sun

            all over the horizon, the water
     spilling out
like cod liver oil

billions of silver-scaled fish swarming to get in, get out; no-
            body wants

to be landlocked. Nobody wants to be                       Switzerland.

It just happens.

Claudia La Rocco writes poetry, criticism and children's books. She lives in Brooklyn and can be reached at