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spacer.gif   Christopher Pratl
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 04:26 PM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name Clark & Belmont

The cars narrowly miss
Mike and me
as we cross the slanted street
by the Dunkin Donuts where
grown men pray to candles
inserted intricately
into glazed doughnuts.
We are hit up for
small change
by everyone,
but the women are the
hardest
to refuse.
Goth girls wander around
with black capes
and boots
and enough make-up
to keep the entire Chicago
area
in dire straits for years.

The Alley is our home
for rock shirts
and combat boots
to assert our
individualism.

We meet the Devil Himself
down near the
Vic Theater,
as well as Jesus Christ,
complete with makeshift
crucifix.
Does he ever sleep?
Careless drivers,
cabs mostly,
rip vile winds through
our jackets
en route to nothing.

Reckless Records
and Evil Clown
take our hard-earned money
in exchange
for beautiful
blood and music.

Walking on, Wrigley Field
stands mightily above
my dropped jaw.
Skinheads, Mods, preppies,
homosexuals, Asians,
and the begging junkies
all make up the street
that we so crave
way down here
on the South Side.



Lake Shore Drive

The 90-94 has no life.
LSD is concrete
fantasies
of BMW's whipping by
to the left
and bikini dreams
to the right.

Navy Pier appears
small from the
50 mph view,
but the Ferris wheel
is poised like a
Roman god
with the wicked
currents of
Lake Michigan
providing the backdrop
of cobalt
watercolors.

People
line themselves up
along the base of the
great road
to see what we wish
we could from
their view
in.




North Chicago Mondays

We've added words like logs
to the unquenchable fires
built around our lives.
A verb here, a drop of blood
there, it's all relative.

We invented the concept
of love in a tiny tenement
on Chicago's North side,
sitting by the window
overlooking Belmont.

Through the cracked glass,
decorated with a .32 Special's
smile, I wait for the bus that
carries you. Your bounce
and skip steps excite me.
The long green demon belches
transients and students from
its belly, but not you.
I prop my chin on my hand
and think good thoughts.

It's 6:15, and you're late, so I
write a poem about the people
I see gathered like toothpicks
under our window.
Finally, I realize what's important:

we have little money, we have tiny
rooms, and we have small time.
But as you carefully cross Broadway,
a bag of chop suey in your arms,
I realize that this life is only temporary.



Death of A Fisherman At Sea

Through the rigid motions of the rain,
the tired craft forges on with battle.
Winds of curious hatred ravage and
inseminate the sails of the vessel
too timid to ask for leniency.
The lone fisherman sways into the swing
of the storm, baiting and waiting for
a new life to envelop him and his lady.
He winces as the hard rain pelts his
40-years-old face with unreceptive
bullets of autumn.
The mast broken and assembling its own
fragile Destiny, he has assumed the roles
of sportsman and statistical deity
for the slim art of being murdered by nature.


 
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