Inside the White Helmet

by | Oct 13, 2015 | Poetry

“Take off your Band-Aid ‘cause I don’t believe in touchdowns”

– Jeff Tweedy

No greater pomp exists, no cannibal
utterance so deep & acrid sweet
as Hike – so soft & passively glib
as Go Long. Living in the codified
rituals of chew & spit or total blitz,
supposed Glory breathes. Acoustic
chambers of consonants drift & grunt
& click & hammer, arm in bruised
arm & stammer of the backup kicker
chewing his nails on the sideline
while his army eats its turf & foe
into the zone of crimson, his part:
to split the yellow uprights, praying
O God, please don’t make me go in.



Photo: Backup kicker Matt Marcincin during Penn State’s annual Blue-White Game by Mike Pettigano

About The Author

Jim Davis

Jim Davis is a graduate of Knox College and now lives, writes, and paints in Chicago, where he edits the North Chicago Review. Jim’s work has appeared in Seneca Review, Blue Mesa Review, Poetry Quarterly, Whitefish Review, The Café Review, and Contemporary American Voices, in addition to winning the Line Zero Poetry Contest, Eye on Life Poetry Prize, and multiple Editor’s Choice awards.