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Literature
Prayers
The call singsongs over the loudspeakers,
blanketing Old Delhi. We shuffle
towards it through the afternoon haze.
A weathered metal detector chimes
as we pass. No one seems to notice.
As we crest the red stone steps, they tell us,
"Only Muslims," and point to a sign in English
listing prayer times for the Jama Masjid.
We crowd into the shade with the women
and the unfaithful. The mosque grows quiet.
I take a seat and watch a man root around
inside another's ear with a metal instrument.
Down below, a handful of kids play
with an abused cricket bat and a hollow
plastic ball. The leader smacks one
over a tall fence and has to monkey-climb
the gate to fetch it while the rest look on.
A little girl, three or four, hair braided
into a short black tail, collects coins
in the hammock of her grimy white apron.
She sits alone on the top step under the sun.
No one approaches her. Her body has been
kept whole, perfect. She may grow up
to be beautiful. I take a snapshot
as she examines the c
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Literature
Older
Time is a lonely bastard child. I know
how it feels.
I explore the spaces inside, moist hollows
where the angels once worked
their mischief. Strange
what you can grow accustomed to. I probe
the old scar tissue: smooth, numb
in places. I imagine I can feel
their shades, tactile afterimages: a zombie
reflex, a longing
for a longing. It pulls
at the center of my chest.
I miss the certainty of need.
I examine new possibilities, take
steps, show interest, craft a proposition,
cut a book deal. I have always been honest,
good
for others, even at my worst. I read. I write.
I observe, offer advice. Business is easy
to come by.
I have my way with words.
I nurture the spark, zap
it with alternating current, breathe life
into the old girl. She gags,
stutters for breath, settles into a ragged
purr. Obsolete and in need
of a tune-up, but serviceable. Not so nearly
broken.
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Literature
One Afternoon
One Afternoon
A bunch of us boys
on the Gonzaga
in Florence program
cruised
into Antonio’s Café.
Toni sold espresso,
panini, and snacks. The
place had an
upstairs
and shelves and
shelves of liqueurs. His
sandwiches were
cheap
and good.
Ciao, Toni!
Then one of us saw
it. We
sensed
the change. All turned
as a gorgeous young
woman
rolled by
behind the wheel
of a cherry
Italian sportscar.
The sunshine made it
perfect.
And then Toni:
Che macchina!
We all laughed like
hell.
It amazes me that the
guy who
owned that thing
ever
let it out of his sight.
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Thank you for all of the comments and favorites and adds. I'm sorry I haven't been more active lately. Life continues to take its toll.

And thank you, nycterent, for featuring my poem: fav.me/d2asp9f . I appreciate the all the attention.

I'll be heading back to India in a couple of days, a shorter trip this time. Drop me a line if you get a moment.

~Michael

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MrCaptainA Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
Happy Birthday, Michael!
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MrCaptainA Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
Happy Birthday, Michael!
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MrCaptainA Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Happy Belated Birthday, Michael!
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MrCaptainA Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Happy Birthday, Michael!
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