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  69.     

e.e. cum c (a tribute to e.e. cummings)

e. e. oh oh you saw what where)
principles laid (remarkably in tight too

no one diddle daddle up) down (sides
round a bramble stick thorn in

hollow heads? fly mooned cow space
low-downed Revolution tat-a-rat tat

Oh! you hit apple pie ala
mother lode:

tipped open shut doors
spilled milk muddied minds

blast wide furnace words
sharpened Keyholes edge

wise) e.e. oh oh ho ho ho
my tip tap off hat (you!


(Previously published in Aileron, Winter '99)
 
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  70.     

Elvis

The King died
Some many years ago today
I didn’t know him very well
But a lot of people did
You can hear them now
Crying in the chapel
They’re all shook up
Loving you
And that old Kentucky rain
Falls silently now
In the Ghetto.

No
Don’t think I mock
His music and our very lives
Are
Intertwined
Sometimes indistinguishable one from the other
A tribute, rather,
I give this vagabond Prince
Who touched a generation
And left them weeping.

And singing.


(Previously published in Lynx Eye, Spring '99, Vol. VI, No.2)
 
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  71.     

Entrenched

In the trenches we wait
Rain pouring down
Our mud-soaked uniforms
Pasted to our bones

We wait

Puff on a cigarette
A deck of cards
A broken box
And a tin can meal

We wait

Passing the time
The bullets fly overhead
Occasionally
And sometimes we hear
The screaming
But most of the time
We block it out of our minds

And wait

Sleeping where we stand
Until someone gives the order
And it’s our turn to die.


(Previously published in The Hold, June 2003)
 
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  72.     

Family Portrait

It was so hard to get everybody
Together
At the same time
But finally we set a date and
First of all it rained
My shoes got muddy and
Oh it was a nightmare
Anyway
My husband wears plaid because
That's what he always wears
And my crazy brother Elbert
Shows up in polka dots
Can you imagine the clash
Ohhh! I thought I would die
Fortunately, we forced him to change
Into a black suit and tie left over from my Uncle Art's
Funeral
And as you can see, the picture turned out, well
Not too bad, that's Elbert see
The one with the scowl
But can you imagine how horrible
It would have looked with polka dots and plaid and
Oh!
Why, I wouldn't even be able to show it to people
Much less hang it on the wall
They'd think we were a
Dysfunctional
Family

Or something.


(Previously published in Friction Magazine, Winter 2000, Vol 2, Issue 1)
 
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