Thursday, December 31, 2009

94/365 - Lukáš

Protege poet child, mother said. Eyes like saucers. Summer life in the valley where magic happened: theater in the attic, goats in the pasture, milking in the barn, proposals on hey, first taste of liquor.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

93/365 - Jose

We get lost on the dusty road between tall reeds, trying to reach the sea, so we return to the village where dogs bark at the moon, laundry hangs behind the tavern, eagles hide on skin under shirts.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

92/365 - Mario

Mario of the rock, the lake, the sea, and boat. We meet climbing barefoot above a waterfall where donkeys carry gringos up narrow paths over turquoise depths, agave, sage and aloe. We walk in the waves, make love in candlelight.

Monday, December 28, 2009

91/365 - Alun

Toothpick body, empty eyes—the youngest soul from the "old continent." He speaks with his sailor molasses voice and the ladies go wild. He dances, but not with me. A pirate and school teacher—a combo made in hell.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

90/365 - Mrs. Kučerová

She wandered the halls--mismatched socks, broken sandals, coat over nightgown-- relating visions of relatives long-lost. And keys, always the saga of missing keys. She offered us her open milk carton when the institution called.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

89/365 - O

We go way back to the slanted roof and Miles under the night sky; to his fling with roadside ribs; and his curses at buckets, brooms and water at dawn. We've traded turfs: palm-lined boulevards for dark medieval alleys——magnets, oil and water.

Friday, December 25, 2009

88/365 - Lada

You were my anchor; a soft place. But in front of boys, you punched below the belt--dull pain that builds armor. I love you like a sister, our genes almost intertwined, our roots touching across the hemispheres.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

87/365 - E

Underneath the fear lies a vast ocean, a calm blanket over smoldering magma. Her hands make magic in the kitchen and arms revive the dying. But she's unaware of her own powers. The world awaits her awakening.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

86/365 - Amalia

I still have the battle scars as proof you existed. And three photos. The size of your palm imprinted in mine, the feel of your ashes in my hand—ivory and turquoise—falling in to the gurgling river rushing on.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

85/365 - Z

I found my freedom with you in these: the meat and drinks in the house by the cemetery, backpacking across the "old continent," your crazed-boy love letters about getting kicked out of school. The tears really came when you sang for me.

Monday, December 21, 2009

84/365 - M

I used to worry about you getting snatched up by the circus men; those who holler and spit and charm. But you, sister, are a flower made of iron, spun gently and sharp, planted in the same earth as I.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

83/365 - Zdenka

You set my hair on fire, wring out the last crowns from my fist, and I still return. You know more than I expect and, over tea, take me to Africa and into your heart.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

82/365 - S

A thousand and one words from you to me and back, each one a bridge. But what I wanted was your scent, your breath, your flesh, your core—a flame that still burns.

Friday, December 18, 2009

81/365 - Laurel

You'd get tangled up over nothing. Red-faced, spinning every which way. But you had good ideas and a heart. Did they not see? Whispering, they took the trembling you on a long walk down the springboard. And then they made you jump.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

80/365 - H

You split yourself to pieces for the kids, a raucous, and yes, blissful undertaking. But I fear it rubs raw the part of you that you should own. Will your small flame still be there, lit, ready to shine through when they're grown?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

79/365 - Talya

Talya. God's Dew. Maybe a muse in disguise. She saw into the future. Had a way of gliding through life, the way a celestial being would. Everything she touched turned to poetry, and, like an apple, I craved her.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

78/365 - Katya

She was the Western wind, bringing American r's to our house behind the Iron Curtain. Then after we crossed the ocean to America, she took us to where we planted roots - West to begin again.

Monday, December 14, 2009

77/365 - Oly

You bastard, I loved you. You asked my boss to push the broom so you could have me first. Pine oil and poetry, fried fish, records in your cave, your New York stories. I wanted your baby.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

76/365 - Adrian

His house was windows and blackberry bushes, his art black and white faces in crowns of trees. We drummed, never exchanging many words. Last time, I saw him with an entourage of women; a flock of wives wearing white turbans.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

75/365 - Marcos

We meet at a jazz bar, then for two weeks hold hands, even when someone in a crowd tries to stone me, a mysterious moment we run away from together. He sends me perfumed letters and music. We dream of crossing borders to be together.

Friday, December 11, 2009

74/365 - Bob

Not many eat the grapes in Bob's symmetrical yard, tended by the hired man with the canister of poison. They rot and fall. Bob walks to the park, counts the dogs, then returns to check on wife Rose and his manicured shrubs.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

73/365 - Ms. Y

We sit, listening to "romanchick" music: a raspy sailor pining for luscious hips and thighs. Her car's an oasis—smell of cinnamon and spice, orthodox icons to guide us. I want her to hear: you're beautiful.