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spacer.gif   Larry O. Dean
Posted by : cj on Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 08:29 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

A Tie Is a Beautiful Noose

Bodies twined in finery
suited up and sweating

scurrying, shoes
click clack click clack click
clack on sidewalk cement

morning sun squints
through clotted clouds

peering down
at shadows pursuing pedestrians
like elusive insects

flitting and flying
toward leftover light


I Thought You Might like this

I picked it out special.
Do you like red? They had it
in green as well but
it made me think of vomit.
I figured that might not be
appropriate, unless you’re
anorexic.

                     They
say red is a dangerous color.
Bulls charge at it, yet
I heard they were color-
blind; why is that, then?
How would they react to green?
Maybe they’d get sick
but not angry. Like me.


Übermarket

Someone has abandoned
a box of Twinkies
in the pet food aisle,
between mountainous
bags of Cat Chow
and stacked cans
of Fancy Feast.

           Around the corner,
a stocker mops
up ketchup congealing
around shattered Heinz
bottles – crime scene
witnessed by condiments:

the pickles glimpsed
a clumsy hand grabbing;
mustard heard the crash
and awoke startled
from its nap; olives
busy being stuffed
with pimentos ignored

everything.
               Canned
thunder heralds rain
showers, misting fresh
fruits and vegetables; green
and red apples glisten,
heads of lettuce sweat
like Franciscan monks
under fluorescent lights. Two

men bicker, indecisive
over frozen pizza –
Tombstone or Freschetta?
Their heated breath fogs
the cold, see-through door, fish-
sticks and ice cream vanish
behind man-made

mist. By the magazines,
Cap’n Crunch, the Trix
rabbit and Lucky
Charms leprechaun,
having escaped from each
cereal box prison, play
poker with Doritos,

and wouldn’t you know it,
the leprechaun is winning –
Cool Ranch, Nacho Cheese
and Fiery Habañero
chips piled high beside
his buckle-shoed feet.

--Larry O. Dean


 
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