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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 10:03 AM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Esteban Colon **


It Hurt More Knowing

Drowning eyes gasped as
warp speed shot my head back
strangling vocal chords, as
Lake Michigan broke dams, exploding through my eyes
coating cheeks while limbs seized, as I
collapsed
in the corner of the theatre, trying to
become as small as humanly possible
where I started calling God
oh God
oh-god-oh-god-oh-god-oh-god-oh-god
bottom jaw shivering under tears
for her, for
sweet lady Shiva
whose hand must still scream red with the stain from
the impact crater embedded in my ribs, still
feasting on my ribs, and
rocking in my niche, thoughts crawled back, of
hours burned
crying till
salt scraped my pupils and
my raw throat kept asking “why?”
mind remembering mood swings like the
impossible roller coasters that only live in the minds of children,

and

in four words, an
unsuspecting friend kicked Atlas in the shin,
sent hum
plummeting to the ground, still holding a now
sideways world
where her words sunk into thick skin
“It
hurt
more
knowing”
flashed brain box theatre screens to the
rattle of her body as her tears
carved us apart, my
Girl Friday chewing the heart off my sleeve, and
lost
in the hole of space that devoured sun, I
watch my breath tremble,
still trying
to save her
from her suffering


Reflecting Divinity

Alix Olson said
"God would be a dike
if she could find someone to hold her,"
but like
any of the seeds blown off their maker
dandelion in the wind, she
craves touch, lies
lonely at night wondering if
all the decisions that lead her here were worth it,
and I'm sure God would
curl fingertips into blankets, arching her back, were
she to meet the right woman,
just like
I'm sure she still dreams of
flesh on flesh, night
ripped in half by orgasmic screams,
and
as much as she wants to
I'm sure she sits like me
staring at the empty pillow, knowing
that no matter how much she aches for Satan
it would never work out, that
despite a shattered heart
precariously placed back together
she still smiles every sun rise
open
to whatever's next to come


Fucking Nebraska

He smiles as he approaches, the
recycled corn staining his grin,
eye color changed to brown in reverence of his last meal,
"surr" he says,
bending into my open window, as if to
hide the erection
bulging under his badge,
"d' you know how fast you wuz goin?"
he continued,
eyes ridin' the contours of
my wild afro, and
before my lips could part, he continued
"cuz we got a traffic plane clocked'chu at ninety"
(smiling like his oldest boy found a wife outside his gene pool)
"an' I gotsta han' you a citation"
he said,
pulling out his pad like
he was alone in the station's shower,
handing me the
white reward of his labor
listening
as his chirping radio places
traffic cops every thirty feet,
following foreigners, every
non-Nebraska plate on the road riding the shoulder,
and
as police lights follow me two hundred miles,
of grass,
and hill,
and random citations,
(I think I still have the one
for my air freshener in the glove box)
I pull over
middle fingers pointing at their traffic plane,
thanking Nebraska
for breaking my be-hymen


Esteban Colon says: "I'm a young Puerto Rican college student from Chicago Heights. I'm in school persuing an English/Secondary Ed degree, but my heart has always been in creative writing. I love language and hope to use it as well as those who inspire me."


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