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spacer.gif   DONNA PECORE
Posted by : cj on Friday, October 19, 2007 - 04:15 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .
Soul Searching Sestina

It is a certain sort of poverty,
the kind of poverty you try to cleave
to. To hold it so close is a vast privilege.
Holding with the strength of an old tree trunk
that stretches and reaches the sky many, many feet
above where you parked your beat up, old, red truck.

Leave everything, turn over the old truck.
And leave far behind another sort of poverty.
Only the brave can realize this particular feat.
Nothing comes easy, choose to cut and cleave.
You throw the dead body into the truck’s trunk.
The new body breathes freedom, what a privilege!

Bad habits and bad choices are a privilege.
You can pack them up on your back and truck
them down the highway, turn off the main trunk
side tracked, doing whatever on earth to keep this poverty.
This paucity leaves an emptiness, an inadequacy you try to cleave.
Figure out that it is time to stand up and get up on your own two feet.

(The distance there)
Measure: how many inches? how many feet?
Know that only some have this cosmic privilege.
Did the baby eagle know his wings worked? Cleave
your vacillation, dump your shit and jump in the truck.
This destitution, penury, indigence, need, abject poverty
is a load of granite boulders, crammed into the rear trunk.

Cut padlock from brass bound steamer trunk.
Find rhythm, rotate stressed and unstressed feet.
Open the trunk, Pandora’s Box, out escapes poverty.
In the subsequent silent emptiness, discover privilege,
strung up the tree trunk, by a rope run through the truck.
Tenuous ties that bind, does not take much effort to cleave.

Words are just words, to cleave or not to cleave
Take a drill; bust the boulders to dust in the trunk
Remove uncalled for, lighten load, not just in the truck
Feel the dance; move your body, find the motion in your feet
Abandon the burden of an empty container. Life is a privilege!
Cut rope, fill pockets with gratitude, and earn removal of poverty.

Else sweat drops down breasts’ cleavage, t-shirt sticks to body’s trunk,
bare feet tap furiously to the beat of rain on the truck’s wind shield.
Climate of privilege fills air with hunger that eats the heart’s poverty.

--Donna Pecore


 
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