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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 03:57 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Merimée Moffitt **


la edad tercera

The vantage point is lofty, the river far and
winding green a long climb from the sixties

Serenity and suffering resolve
when the last third starts at sixty

you on the cliffs damned sexy in the
sailor’s turtleneck, velvet bells: knit sixty, purl sixty

oh you men of the ocean—think of the gifts given
do they add to a breezy sixty

Cold days, hot, cold decade
hot times six equals sixty

don’t beg run or ask
silly me, stuck again; sixty over sixty is one

Merimée, will you learn for a nanosecond
a strike of light the sixtieth of a sixtieth

The only time is now, arranged like
tulips swaying, multi-colored, sixty or so, at least


Velvet Couch in a Room with No Curtains
(a pantoum for Charlie, Gretchen, and me)

you sat all day with him then called to tell
he went to sofa, morphine sleep at last
he got so skinny, wide-eyed, wasting
we couldn’t tell when AIDS would turn to death

he went to sofa, morphine sleep at last
Manhattan sky over paper Narcissus
we couldn’t guess if AIDS would shout out “uncle”
small Village penthouse now an upturned palm

Manhattan lights through paper Narcissus
the Empire State Building in red on black
his Village penthouse now an upturned palm
did spirit fly or burst to pure bright white?

Empire State Building red against the night
you called at 3 our brother’s body gone
did spirit fly or burst to pure bright white?
quietly, you said. Rest, then he was gone.

you called at 3 our brother’s body’s gone
we watched him ‘til the day became the night
quietly, you said. He rested then was gone.
and you, Yanni, and Wayde were dark and still

with him, the blue-eyed blonde, so skinny
and you, Yanni, and Wayde hearts beating still
sitting all day with him you called to tell
we surrounded him ‘til day became the night


Upon the Occasion of Punky Color
for my daughter August 2000


raspberry-sorbet spotted towels and gloves
the deed is done
from roots to tips
shiny, fluffy, the sheen of rip-stop nylon
your hair is excellently not-so-normal now
not that brownish-blonde color of rich honey
glowing streaks god made
but zinnia wild, a chrysanthemum riot
a pink in-your-face
butterfly landing zone
flower power personified
and I, your mother
love your hair dyed
as I love your hair not dyed

mariposas seek solace and sustenance
on heads like yours

hummingbirds will want from you
the sugar that sends them zinging

you send me zinging
you do


Merimée Moffitt says: "Two of my favorite and most fabulously stunning poetry students, Zach Kluckman and Jessica Lopez (from Albuquerque) encouraged me to join the ChicagoPoetry.com mailing list months ago. Even though I get to teach poetry workshops at our community college, I am an underpublished poet. Those two have inspired me, however, and I’m even writing some slam poems and recently performed for the first time in years."


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