Idiot Box

Mimi Moriarty


I used to imagine lumps in front of the TV

slack-jawed popcorn eaters

round-bellied flatulants


but now they’ve crawled inside the box

displaced the Executive Wing

in suits


with off-key renditions of Moon River

or swimming in a tank

of oily squid


Return to your seats, O Couch Dwellers


I’ll serve you drinks on trays

with ice and salty snacks

with creamy dips.


Return to your armchair and your remote

your daily art form in flannel

and faux suede.


Mimi Moriarty lives in upstate New York, holds an MFA from Goddard College, and teaches creative writing workshops.  Her chapbook, War Psalm, was published by Finishing Line Press in August 2007.