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spacer.gif   American Open Mike: Dennis Pascual-Sevilla
Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 03:42 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Dennis Pascual-Sevilla **


to charles bukowski

a toast to your venomous spit
your piss-stale beer
in all its sweetness
and discontent
thank you for clawing through
the muddled coarse stains
of the everyday.
mapping the dank back alleys,
the aftermaths, the humdrum days
here's to the sound of you breaking
the mess of your clatter
to you, who have heeded to all
the nameless whores and their bare-bodied hymns
their prayers you've etched with blunt knives
fractured, bone-white fingers calloused
by the grind, the bleak, turning coil
of the world--
wearing your hole-y undershirt
i breathe in the perfume of your cigarette-burnt soul
walking your bar-brawled streets, blooming with smokestacks
here's to your last pink slip
thank you, now leave!



my cousin and i at a denny's

we sat across from each other
exchanged nods,i light a cigarette
we begin our routine conversation
as we read our menus

it was almost as if it was all rehearsed
even caught myself asking him the same questions
i did last easter
but he didn't seem to mind as he would politely answer back

i was reminded that he's been here for a while
and that i don't see him that often.
a lil over half a year, since auntie passed away
and soon right after my uncle decided
he's found someone else to take her place

those thoughts never made it past
the picture of the veggie-cheese omelet i wanted
and before i could say anything foolish
i singed my lips with hot tea
knowing that i don't know
and that there's never a good time to be arrogant

what was it in me that made me think
that i could save him? or if he needs
any rescuing at all?
these things swirl with the smoke
around my seared tongue

after dinner, i dropped him off to his house
promising to myself i should see him more often
i looked at him as he walked towards that dark porch
to a dimly lit box, where inside,
not even a shadow waits



To joy

she drinks her tea every morning
her butterfly chimes sway, making early music
today she thinks of visiting ireland one day
stone forts standing tall amidst
the immense landscape of wildflowers
the coal, the sandy earth
the islands of catholic towers
those distant green shores
flood the brim of her cup
for now
she busies herself with chores,
with chasing after footsteps
of grandchildren;
cleaning the glass sliding door,
that peers out to her perennials;
counting the cans in her pantry--
she laments:
‘I’m tired with the sameness of my life’
such a lonely battle
with no record of her fighting
but this


Dennis Pascual-Sevilla grew up in Manila, Philippines and now lives in Round Lake Beach, IL, where he works for a technology-based company. He has a degree in engineering and is currently working on "The Nine Muses", a collection of 50 poems.


Copyright 2005, all rights reserved.

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