Be mean to the dead, but revere
the savage mothers who bled
their high-caul capped daughters.
Forget the peacekeeping
shopkeepers' sons who fled
the fields and slaughtered others
under the emblem of cowardice,
who kissed the coin-eyed captain
and sliced his traitorous brother.
If God is for us, He allows us to kill.
Blessed Confederacy, blessed
Union, feel free to blame the Most
High for your freedom. Red
stones, red bricks, and the red
sickening thickens my heart.
If the devil is for peace, I'll fill
my father's well with entrails.
Closed doors. Still the same
closed doors. Laney understands.
Projector screens complicate
things. If the Queen of England,
or the Queen of Rock n' Roll,
Freddie Mercury, said to you,
"You've made it." Would you
I'm blinded by love,
but the Blind Boys of Alabama
can sing -- they can hear. I hear
you. You are a conduit. You, you,
you, I live for you. When I'm
senile, I'll have three questions:
(1) Where's my music? (2) Where's
my food? (3) Where's my cutes?
Baby, you are the wind above
my wings. That's how lift actually
Leslie, sing your heart
out. I'm always here. I'm always
I've been told I look Irish, Swedish,
Norwegian, Cherokee cheek-boned,
Texan, Okie-ish, American, Californian,
Russian-cloaked con pelo rizado y con
una madre negra. It's all true . . . kinda.
Notice there's no Astoria nor Mannahatta.
KYLE ERICKSON, former high-school English Teacher (Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences), is leading a workshop for poets of all ages. Every person has poetry in their hearts, regardless of whether or not they know it. Walk in, grab a pen, and have fun!
Kyle is a co-creator of the poetry series, Kick Assonance, which has been noted by the Poetry Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, hailed as a “Critics’ Pick” by Time Out New York Magazine, and called “a notable New York Event” by The Rumpus. His work can be read in This Land Press, Promethia, B’More Poetic, and on his blog,okieinthecity.com, which was heralded as a “Top 101 New York Blog.” His first book of poetry, Enduro’s Lament, was released in 2012.