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spacer.gif   Liz Marino
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 09:07 AM
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DEBRIS 

Under all this is a floor.
Debris does not leach through to the basement.
I turn over layers of newsprint to reveal: at least one source of hairball smells
a book loaned by a friend
receipts from non-deductibles
a statement of my phone activity 6 months ago an unanswered love letter.
I still note the light stride
of a cockroach tramping down my arm,
while dressed for black tie in sleek bronze. I admit that no one
has come through my door with a gun
in over 20 years.
I rise to take pruning shears and a fire extinguisher to the very Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Touch bone, touch lock, touch floor.
It is time to sort this debris into refuse.


TO THE VISITOR

He trots past my new place
Hesitates, then approaches
Sniffing the softly drifted snow
On my front stoop. Yes, I am a bitch.
But the season's all wrong
To be in heat.
He paces
Remembering the faint white scars
Traced with his tongue.
We were both scavengers then --
I had not quite learned to hunt,
He liked the low-life smells.

And now, behind my own door
I'm up to my ears in blood.
My first real prey
Throbs in my mouth.

Come, friend.
Circle my home three times.
Tilt back your shaggy head.
Let us howl in rounds.

(also Published in "Lucky Star" (Oak Park) and featured on "Dial-a-Poem, Chicago!")



RIPE PEACHES

Don't be so quick
To croon sweet lyrics
Comparing the curve of my breasts
To the soft coolness of ripe peaches.

You've known ripe peaches.
Blushing and yellow
Slightly giving to your touch
You've taken them, cored them

Sliced thin juicy chunks
Into blue china bowls,
Brown sugar and sweet cream
Cutting the tartness.

An easy breakfast
In your hands, as easy as
Cupping breasts to lips --
Blue bruises flowering at dusk.

("Ripe Peaches" is also published in the La Onda Negra Press anthology, "Dark Waters Speaking," edited by Lisa Alvarado. )



FOUL FERN

"They're all out
There," she rages and she
Rages from in here
To out there and they're
Real because she sees
Them and she sees them –
"Look! Right there!
They're coming
Closer!
That Goddamnmotherfuckingcocksucker
Harry Truman!"

Foul Fern. Her red plastic sandals
Down Devon Avenue.
That's her street and her
Anger so hot her red
Plastic sandals nearly melt. The kids
Hiss and blow stage kisses.
Across the street the deli
Ladies tsk tsk about that poor….
Left her cold, he did…. Hush, Tommy!
And quit staring…. She
Just couldn't take it….

On every corner
A fresh gust of north wind
Rumples her hair
Picks at the scraps of paper,
Where she writes down
All the things she wants to remember
Before gathering them into her pockets, picks
At the scraps of paper till
Just one is tossed up
Barely out of her reach.

(first Published in the Breaking Mirrors/Raw Images anthology, the 4:30 Poets)

 
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