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spacer.gif   David "Spencer" Szpejnowski
Posted by : cj on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 03:06 PM
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Polish Gothic

Tall brick buildings, with attics and basements,
brown brick buildings, built in the 30s
surround the god, Steel Mill,
engulf the church, St Michael's Cathedral,
towering like a medieval castle over a peasant village.
South shore tracks of the Illinois Central,
olive drab metal with tan rattan seats
clunking, jolting through South Chicago
83rd Street to Roosevelt Road Station,
its steep zig-zag wooden stairs blackened with age.
Get up in the morning, work in the Mill,
go home when you're through, or go to the tavern.
Get up in the morning, work in the Mill,
rise and kneel in the Church on Sunday.

Eastern European Photograph

(Great-Grandparents in Poland, 1959)

They are posed, in the cavernous doorway
of a picturesque old wooden dwelling,
like a scene
from the heart of the German Black Forest,
the Gingerbread House of Hansel & Gretel.
His leathery peasant hands,
long and bony with age,
are like his bony wooden cane,
dried out and hardened by time...
her wizened peasant face,
sunken and wrinkled with age...
hand folded, eyes hooded
stares coldly ahead,
into a cold camera lens.
Dressed in simple peasant clothes,
their simple peasant shoes
are planted on their peasants' porch,
on photographic paper.

Krakowiak

You lie in state, Il Papa
like Lenin
in his Muscovite Tomb.
They have placed you
in your robe and crown,
lying beneath a Crucifix.
Cardinals
locked up in the Vatican
cast their ballots ...
reporters and their cameras, throngs of The Faithful
circle about you, in a sort of
"Dance Macabre. "
In the grotto
of St. Peter's Basilica
you will rest,
Karol Wojtyla of Krakow.

Note: David Spencer writes American Polish Working Class Poetry. He has been published in the Gary Post-Tribune Newspaper and is a graduate of Indiana University. A Civil Servant since 1984, he is currently with the U.S. Dept. of Education in Chicago. He is the recipient of the Hammond International Culture Festival Award.

 
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