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  137.     

Bernhardt on Her Knees

She was a brilliant actress
I’d seen her play Medea
But shy in nature, no beauty
To be sure, she wasn’t
Visible to bean-counting
Suits munching sandwiches
In cramped audition rooms
Wielding cell phones like
Stilettos to spear a deal.

She could have been a star
A talent for the ages
But golden opportunity never came
In modest insecurity she
Toiled under hot lights
Making bland commercials
The homely housewife scrubbing
Floors.


(Previously published in Apollo's Lyre, Spring '07)
 
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  138.     

Big Beauty And The Beast

When she wakes up
She flings her fat out of bed
And rolls like thunder down the hall
Barreling through the kitchen door
She grabs her skinny rail of a husband
Spatula in hand, cooking breakfast
And plants the juiciest, fleshiest kiss
On his cheeky little face
His quaking heart exploding with rapture
To be thus engulfed in the voluptuous love
Of an Amazon Queen.


(Previously published in This Poetry Magazine, No.4, Dec. '99)
 
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  139.     

Billy the Sixteen-Year-Old Kid

I’m a Video Kingpin, a Dangerous Dude
A Carnival Killer, I am
The Game and The Game is
Me

To vanquish my anguish I kill
Will kill, all kill, must kill
Down

Face to face my enemies meet
Race no face in cyber-space
Blast

All sense—ding, ding, ding! ! !
My anger implode ex-plode
BOOM!

Game’s over. I win.
You lose.
Jack.


(Previously published in Mouthing the Muse, Nov 1999)
 
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  140.     

Birth (senryu)

Tiny heart beat new
cradled in awkward tenderness
learning one-to-one


(Previously published in Poems Md, Apr 2008)
 
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