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spacer.gif   Kim Berez
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:11 PM
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What Happened to my Friend 

the roof of her husband's love
floats high above their home
letting the jewel-blue evening wind
waft white clouds across their bedroom

They dream of a stage made with red tiles
to remind them of their country
And all the audience waits hushed
The only motion the steam rising from their coffees

These attentive women thinking in native tongues
These silent women are treacherous inside
Ready for bombs and poison
Ready for prison
Broken glass in their eyes
Fighting for what they believe

How was she to know
One of these 'political' women would leave early
to crawl through he hole in her roof
and drop a bomb into her worst nightmare
Churning her hurricane sleep
and cut off both her arms



Waiting for a sign from God


Despair is a wasteland
of india ink washes
of Miguel's clay sculpture of the ruins of the future
A life-size ink wash in 3-D
You are walking through in the fog.
Despair is the grey Cadillac you're diving through the fog
& a phone somewhere in the distance is ringing
& it's someone you don't want to talk to
Or the phone won't ring

for days
but you can't stray past the perimeter of
the wasteland of
waiting so you don't miss the one phone ring
that will be a decision/a sign from God
that will be the sun breaking through the smog
that is confusion of lies ambivolence & mixed message

& it's empty behind all the faces you know
hanging out from every place a window used to be
& the voices the yelling & calling
"Ma mi!!" & the kids chattering & the fights
on tv & the salsa & the alternative rock
& the sirens always sirens & something crashing
into the city of despair
like the soundtrack
that plays when a movie's depicting
someone going mad

& yet you're alone somehow insulated
by the absense of colors
Floating above with a higher purpose-
Waiting for a sign from God
so you don't have to make the wrong decision

& you go where you always went for no reason
(which was probably the same reason ya always had for going)
& your friend the feature poet
threatens unless you buy him a drink
he'll announce how many X's you have
in this room
& yet you're alone

shedding parts of yourself
like you loose days
your experiences
to step away from like a bathrobe
or lover

like some Eastern religious trec
You're realizing the secret
that we're really all alone

So now you're having a control issue with God
You at your kitchen table at 2am
He sittin on a golden curbstone
Each stubbornly refusing
to be the first to apologize



Decades After the Depression


In my cousin's yard

in Crumbstown

which is near North Liberty

which is near South Bend

In my cousin's yard

are strewn the bones of Studebakers

long after the factory closed

They stopped feeding the huntin' dog

Unchained him

Said he could hunt for hisself

They stopped feeding & clothing Monica

Sent her to us in the city

My Mom complained bitterly

Another mouth to feed

& fixed her a sandwhich

Sewed her a dress

& complained some more



Waving goodbye to someone already gone

For the stars not falling
into her palms
I apologize

For the collapsed sticks of her home
not gusting upright
For not pretending they have
I apologize

I hope I don't peel open the sky
just to find endless night
But there are no more towns-
just granite angels looming from gravesites
on this road

& I am already turning
invisible
My palm outstretched
Reaching for an empty hand
to hold

I Am sorry


French Film
(for Effie)

IDEA FOR A POEM . . .
entitled French Film
where slow foggy plots
only intuitively intertwine,
and ending with the words and
Then


 
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