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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 04:22 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Donna Pecore **


Come With Me

Bumper to bumper grey grease stained rode rides past exhaust framed skyline, heading north, heading to freedom as the traffic thins, as the suburbs blurb, as the line between now and then thins. The sky turning from charcoal tinted whites to light bright sky blue with wisps of white floating by as my destination nears, just past the state line.

Grey geese slice the sky in formation, a physical punctuation pointing in my intended direction. Past a low slung redwood house, attached garage, and prefabricated barn into the field I park in line and enter the dark woods following a line of candle lights, that light the path that leads to a hollow, where I hear hullo, welcome, and a ho, where you been, how are you, what took you so long, and so forth.

It is as if I fell back into the womb, the warm comfort of my friends, more than friends, but family, more than an extended family, but my spiritual family. We gossip, we share and compare, we comfort, we forgive, and we pray for ourselves and each other, and more than anything else we celebrate.

Surrounded by trees, and insects, an occasional bird break the line of leaves, there flies a red tailed hawk, that’s good luck, you forget civilization exists, after awhile the world’s circumference contains only this hollow, goodbye Columbus. You don’t know anything, but here in this circle you find everything.

Do not cross the line between the fire and the pit. Sacred circle I look inside, it’s dark in there, is any one home, is anyone in there? This is the place to find that out. This is the place to remember. This is the place through the smoke and the steam that you share, that you care, that you dare, to breathe, to be someone, to become, to belong, to be healed, to be free, to be one, to be. This is the place.


Alley of the Left

no bodies;
sleep be—
neath steel cage high rise,
but beat down,
claimed territory,
brick red alley.

snow swirling
blanket drapes
dumpster tents
some bodies bed.

no name
sits; yellow snow
melts, beneath heat
blown exhaustion.

some alley lined
bright canary doors,
vivid back drop
witness wretchedness.

in defiance yells
the man; denied
the spot besmirched
like pristine virgin.


City Secrets Part One

My city sits on Lake Michigan and I am part of it and it is part of me. I see its dirty underbelly, its secrets hidden from the uninitiated inhabitants and wide eyed visitors. The secrets in every neighborhood regardless of financial status, for example Arlington Heights, home of the Arlington Heights race track with the Millionaire club that host the ladies and gents with their finely appointed apparel and hats reminiscent of My Fair Lady. I remember when Matt, (his dad gave this fellow of Irish and Polish descent, the handle Napoleon, so he called himself Nap, but everyone thought he said Matt) called me for a ride, from a church located in this esteemed local, from which he needed to be relocated, he explained he’d lost track of the homeless shelter rotations, I said hmm… hey what, they have homeless out here, and he said yep they ride the train to keep warm and each night a different house of god, house the desolate and the destitute.


Donna Pecore says: "Recovering from the affliction of being part of the human race, I have struggled to accepts its deficits and make amends to the rest of creation, also doing a personal inventory by spewing verbal vomit, occasionally, making a valid social commentary or/and some plain old entertainment through text. I am sober, but no program. I am past the half century mark. I have 3 kids the youngest is 20. I have a semester and a half to get a bachelors and I am thinking of continuing, or else I will have to get a job to start paying them their loans. I take care of my mother; she is 83 going on 3. I write, Period."


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