Malpaís Review: «the levity of firing into the dark»


Malpaís Review, de Nuevo México, editada por G.L. Brower, acaba de lanzar su número correspondiente al Otoño de 2015. En la misma se incluye mi poema «the levity of firing into the dark».

the levity of firing into the dark


sitting on the hood of the Jeep you stole
the moment to call the night suspended in
cigarette smoke and mescal wasted
time of desperate bad blood cursing
the utterly dead
town we scorned with cul-de-sac blue
love of strangers looking from afar on a hill


even silence stuttered, lead
to numb the stars when you loaded
the magnificent possibility of blasting
at the unmerciful universe above us


worm of Mount Alban swam
still at the shallow bottom Glock 19 shades
sparkled in my blurry vision


you said let’s pierce heaven
blind, strange broken rancor
enticing me to pick the handgun and shoot
the thrill out of a godless sky


glassy brown eyes burned behind
Buddy Holly glasses that didn’t help
enough to make you see through
things that simply happened like becoming
the orphan that made you my brother
in a novel i would never write


the wind trimmed your crew
cut and shaved your high cheekbones
when you first fired into the night


bullet casings dripped
as rain i merely winced


you hoped to drill the dark
wallpaper of stars we’d never reach
out in our small lives of late night fried
rice combos Ego rolls underage beer
drinking the loss of our fathers


you discharged those shots in
anger and a grim taste
agave minus one bullet


you insisted i should try
but I simply recoiled in stillness


with fear worming in my eyes
i swallowed the drunk
nothing as we made the trip downhill
past the skeletons of trees futile
as moths pureed on the windshield


you dropped me off home with the dogs
barking at the noise of my thoughts


poems milked out of impassive slumber
and the low light in my front porch


as you drove away, i missed you
didn’t fist-bump me or say goodbye


i will never forgive myself for not firing
the one last bullet you took with you




You may also like

Blog Archive

Search This Blog

Loading...