UNDERGROUND VOICES: POETRY
JOHN DORSEY

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

wasn't that    a
                      western?

not in my house
where things   were built
to last like
                     poverty

my low self esteem was
the only currency valued
                                      here

my father's    eyes gleaming
the sun's    insecurity was
my only    form of
                            yoga

i've never   known true
relaxation the    restless
heart i    pray i
never
           will

dreaming i    saw it
on the   side of
a pittsburgh    transit bus
sam peckinpah    was here
like the    ghost holding
the remote    in my
father's still    living
                                    hand

his typewriter    keys were
always here    in spirit
to sing    me to
                         sleep

whispering "the    little boy
inside you    still weeps
rivers for    a lullaby    of
                                       bones"

hoove prints    by my
bedside a    map to
places i    could never
seem to
           remember

i'd always    wake up
thinking "shit    why must
i always    be sleeping
when the    magic
                            happens"


the ghosts of the seconds

where i   loved you
the sun   touching the
earth's red    cavity
                              weeping

loss it    doesn't feel
so much    like raping
the earth   as our
history tends    to
but a    poem making
love to    the memories
of stars    our love dance
a captivating intercourse
spelled on invisable
                              prairie

the wind    sings a
sad song   you never
got to    tell me
and few    have ever
heard long    or often

enough to

                    forget

it is    the only
way i    can remember
you
        now


John Dorsey currently resides in Toledo, OH. He is
the author of "Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel, Harvey
Keitel" with S.A. Griffin and Scott Wannberg,
Butchershop Press/Rose of Sharon Press/Temple of Man,
2005, and "Moshing With The Cosmos" with Iris Berry,
Magenta Press, 2005. He can be reached at
archerevans@yahoo.com







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