As published in Volume 10, NO 2, June 2013
Six poems inspired by Garcia Lorca’s play YERMA YERMA's DETERIORATION My son I guess I don't have a mother's hands myself Killed many nights I go down to feed the oxen which I never did before because no woman does it I have Killed When I pass through the darkness of the shed my footsteps sound to me like the footsteps of a man I myself have killed my son animals lick them, don't they? CHILDBEARING VERSUS HONOR (LESSONS OF THE LAUNDRESSES) Barren and infertile soil on the verge of desert Contest-grin as yellow binds sweet waters flowers fruits Hole prison tomb no rain softens stones most laundresses Come to feed on her grief cry where birds play. YERMA'S LOYALTY Instructive craving for a child in order to put under light the value of honor itself to sacrifice even life on the altar reads the dramaturg The actress asks why should the audience share her choice either a wife's predicament to its better end or fragile leaf soaked with her grief. Lethal Blow Erotic What a great pity to be unable to feel the teachings of the elderly women see the condom tossed into the mud satan is the god of love. YERMA'S PRAYER Ay-y-y! Looking for my flowers I run into a wall The surely sullen bell gave warning flint and steel where in the blood does lightning hide the joy so sweet It is that wall I'll break my head Amen. PETTICOAT FULL OF HOLES Lorca, Brecht and Riefenstahl felt lonely had a dream I can't bear that remain privat don't tell me Old Lady, if you read this line remember not the hand that writ it for I praise you so that in your footsteps weeds grow coquettish as the scene goes on... Noble villain regardless of family ancestry mourning for my life wouldn't it be better for us to part Lorca, Brecht and Riefenstahl?
As published in Volume 9, NO 2, June 2012
NEIGHBOR’S OSMOSIS Their throat is An open tomb But the fight is shifted in blue-ray’s favor Whose mouth is full Of cursing and bitterness Removes the speck from your brother’s eye With their tongues They have practiced deceit We’ll decide on a case by case basis Due to Investment demand PALM LEAVES Martyrdom holding the breath Pressure of expectations but He enters Jerusalem with Olive branches for peace Crucified That they may see and believe MOUNT OF OLIVES Withdrawn from his disciples About a stone’s throw He prayed more earnestly Blood falling down to the earth Strengthened restructuring Charges sell-off skills in Deal making agreement Smoky smell of success Was there a scream In the background Time to adjust to Impact of sales But a gospel of Judas Will excide all of them Plea for clarity ARE WE BETTER THAN THEY? Those who hear the words Accept it and bear fruit But the birds Came and devoured it By faith apart from The deeds of the law For there is no difference OXEN WELL-LADEN Feel the heat After the boom years Calm for it is good To sing praises of the wicked Expressing alarm over Assistance rules efforts Unsearchable to hear their Cry to save them His plans perish EPOCHAL POMP No one is sure Where to turn Already imported Workers are being Exported jobless. JOINT PROJECT From Flat desert to High-rise canyon Magnet Of hot money Few wonder why Such politics are usual Having won as One. DON'T YOU WORRY White Sox cap The Ivy League The Marine Corps The Fed Will it Never end Tangible visual articulation. PROOFS Right now It’s no change We can believe in But he has to Hope Rock solid competence We portion thereof Turns its lonely eyes To you host of freedom Brands not Contemplated by its creators. MERELY GOOD OR EVIL ANYMORE Too much Of a bad thing To accomplish Their objectives Fervent lip with a wicked heart Delving deeply Into the true motives Like earthenware covered With silverdoon. DAMAGES If it sells Make more To flush out A faulty hunch Save the world Or plunder it If they haven’t already Thirtysome thing. ROULETTE WHEEL Decline to Dispense it Broadly expended Only now Do we learn Exactly why.