by Ricky Garni
The burger joint closed down today.
Now I will never be able to ask that
kind gentleman behind the counter
How was fishing yesterday? He uses
Alpo for bait.
I was going to buy him a big crate
of Alpo for his birthday, but now
the burger joint has closed down,
and I don’t even know his name,
I don’t know the pond he fishes,
I don’t know his birthday.
I already miss
HIs kind face
his french fries
WATERING THE FLOWERS
I read in the news that there is a glut of crazy glue.
Allison said “relax” and pinched my nose and held
me close to her. I grew faint as things got quiet, and
I dropped my water pitcher onto the something.
Once there was a woman named Gaspara.
She didn’t jump in the lake.
But still she felt terrible about her sins.
Her desires. Her being a fugitive in so many ways.
But this was in about 1550 so who knows really.
She turned to Jesus for she knew he could.
Burn the snow off her frozen feet.
Take the ox cart that was on her shoulders.
Pitch it into the woods.
Where it might hit a deer that might say YIKES.
Before she herself spun to the bottom or center of the earth.
Because of the whirlpool that ardor did and drew her into itself.
After the fires of vanity and trivia and manifold desires.
Which were more like a cyclone. A big cyclone.
Which is like a whirlpool without the water.
But with death-making sins. But. However.
She didn’t want to die for her 16th century sins.
She want’d, or wanted, Jesus to save her from death.
Please Pretty Jesus she said save me from death.
Even though Jesus she knew was already dead.
Still, this was in his wheelhouse and also.
On his agenda.
For us all.
Happy to. My Pleasure.
He said, said Jesus Said
Gaspara. Who said Jesus said,
Well, Gaspara. Whose memory is etched.
In our hearts like a stamp is stamped?
On a letter to holy mothers.
When the time is right.
When you stamp that stamp.
With your foot and your foot.
And you get higher. Oh
Gaspara! Sweet Mary –
is on fire.
THE WEIGHT OF TUNA POEM
if you want to know
how much a tuna
then you must type
the following words
and symbols and
into your computer
or jot them down
in your note pad
for future use:
I am not
the last 8
is for or
U must stand
there is an
odd q in
a q so pretty
q as in: