ARMIN TOLENTINO


Po' Boy on a Roll

If I had wheels instead of feet

Id be a rolling

                     Mischief

                                Spicy

                                        Jambalaya


Sort of man

And let insects nest in my beard

Everyone needs a home

At the very least

a ride somewhere


And Id smell everything on the road

Just a rolling nose and beard with a generous dash of Cajun spices

And the restless fingers of a rock and roller before hes learned

to play the guitar


If I could find a culture that barters

Id trade one wheel for a wing

So I could be a unicycling

                                    Fresh andouille

                                                          Flying circles

                                                                             Crazy

                                                                                      Fuel burning

                                                                                                         No direction

Sort of man

And keep cashews in my pockets for homeless squirrels

Everyone needs a break

At the very least

One lucky spin


And Id fall in love with every woman that smiles at me

Just a rolling, flying heart pumping toxic hormonal love

And beating love songs in Morse code


If I could transform from flesh into light

Id torch my arms and chest

So I could be a supernova

                                    Luminescent

                                                       Burned out retinas

                                                                                 Wrestling angels

                                                                                                          habaneros on a

                                    baked potato

Sort of man

And keep fire on my tongue

Everyone needs a light

At the very least

A little heat


And Id breath on every newborn baby

So theyd know of fire and driving

without maps

And never in their lives fear an

Unlit road.


Armin Tolentino is a 23 year old living in Brighton, MA but originally hails
from Lincoln Park, NJ and spent a year in Baltimore, MD. He hates doing
laundry, but does enjoy cleaning the lint trap.






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