Posts Tagged ‘poem’

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Three Brothers – Victor Bravo

May 27, 2009

This train doesn’t owe three brothers
and a dear friend a damn thing. It can jump

track just as easy as we can
ignite four back packs full of C4

with iPod detonators, on our way
to the city that has a chip on its shoulder,

in this under water vessel.
I wouldn’t stone a man for stealing a fish,

boulders were thrown at my face scarring
my brow. Liquor filled, feeling fantastic, taking

in wheat water and our favorite whiskeys
with my two favorite people. Purple, blue,

green, and yellow lights slice
through our eye lids, while the beautiful melodies

caress the deepest parts of our inner ears.
We spit in the face of the city, slap its cheeks

and piss in its trash cans. The over zealous
Asian woman smokes cigarettes

and does what she does

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This Day – Jimmy Santiago Baca

March 3, 2009

I feel foolish,
like those silly robins jumping
on the ditch boughs when I run
by them. Those robins do not have
the grand style of the red-tailed hawk,
no design, no dreams, just robins
acting stupid.

They’ve never smoked cigarettes, drank
whiskey, consumed drugs, as I have.

In their mindless fluttering about,
filled with nonsense, they tell
me how they love the Great Spirit,
scold me not to be self-pitying,
to open my life and make this day
a bough on a tree leaning
over infinity, where eternity flows
forward and with day the river runs
carrying all that falls in it.

Be happy, Jimmy, they chirp.
Jimmy, be silly, make this day
a tree leaning over the river eternity
and fuss about in its branches.