Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April!
Today’s poem is from Jake Skeets’ book of poems titled Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers.
A List of Celebrities Who’ve Stayed at the El Rancho Hotel
1. Doris Day
The carpet grabbed her shoe. Her pearls snowflaked its deep red.
2. Humphrey Bogart
He sat under a framed elk head with a cigar.
A man sits with a cigar under Bogart’s framed head.
3. Jane Fonda
She left her room in a scurry. A ghost sat down on her bed. It was all the words
ever spoken, however, that dropped a finger on her cheek.
4. Katharine Hepburn
She never left her room. She was busy looking at the leaves
                                                                                  on the trees
                                                                                    shimmer like apostrophes.
5. Ronald Reagan
The president shook hands with a photographer who shook hands with my uncle
before my uncle was killed a few blocks up from the hotel.
6. Jean Harlow
She was stunned to see dark figures across the train tracks train tracks train
tracks train tracks.
This book can be found in the Island Free Library
collection, upstairs under call number 811.6 SKE.
Stay tuned for another poem tomorrow!