Louisiana Fairytale

03-24-20 // Poetry - New Orleans

Cameron Lovejoy


Experts say you shouldn’t be out here with me 

sitting by the river. But I get you. You want to feel 


free—as far from the panopticon as possible. 

I don’t blame you. Besides, 


there are so many other people in the park with us—

frisbees, dogs, barbeques—and look at that 


cute couple kissing. You know, 

I never realized the Mississippi was this big. 


It looks like it could rise to meet us

at any minute. And look over there—past the steamboat 


crying its maniacal calliope, past the Riverwalk

(the big empty mall once


plowed through by the Bright Field barge)    

look at that huge cruise ship—looming. 


Look at the water surrounding it, brown

and befouled like the Gulf of Mexico. 


Look at its glass windows glinting with people

trapped inside, like a body pimpled with smallpox. 


Look at its antenna—like the cancerous phalluses

of the oil refineries standing at attention.


A floating infirmary devoid of doctors, nurses, PPE.

Look at it—just sitting there—insidious, still as the eyes 


of Betsy, Katrina, quiet as the Hard Rock

Hotel—sneaky as me. 


Cameron Lovejoy

Cameron Lovejoy is the creator of Tilted House, a small press based in New Orleans, LA, and edits Tilted House Review. He hosts the Rubber Flower Poetry Hour, a reading series in the same town currently on virus hiatus. His work has appeared in Poets Reading the News, and elsewhere.