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Category: Anthony Madrid

You and I Should Have a Great Relationship

 

YOU and I should have a great relationship, for you desire to be king,

And I, to be the king’s indispensable advisor.

 

Yet, our alliance is not so happy. You object to my hauteur,

And I, to having to listen to your fake poetry.

 

Every feeble epigram puts my children in hell, makes my

Wedding black, makes my father hate my mother…

 

But when I reveal by my frigid manner any tension or contempt,

You indulge in a monarch’s invective against ingratitude.

 

And so we carry on. But Sa’di says that in debate it is the

Arguments that should stand out, not the veins of the neck.

 

I with this, and you with me, are burdened until graduation.

’Til that fine day, empty chivalry’s bound to lead us a weary chase.

 

Twice my allotment of twice-two years, I’ve kept company with children.

Yóu are cursed with a new set of parents every day…

 

Who? Friend, you. You, whose whole life is a story

Of noble generosity thwarted by insubordination.

from I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say Find more by Anthony Madrid at the library

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Madrid
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.

Most Living Creatures Leave No Ghost

 

MOST living creatures leave no ghost, and even if they do it’s totally useless.

Whereas, one can knock a hole in a brick wall with the ghost of a material object.

 

20 January 2001. A leafless little tree full of egg-shaped sparrows.

And every egg has a dot of blood; every dot, a nebula of extending branches.

 

In Mexico City, I saw a crushed dog skeleton into the asphalt.

The flesh had all turned to tar in the side-splitting sun…

 

Anything that’s the product of ten years of misery deserves respect. That’s why I

Respect this Rorschach grave, these sticky bones…

 

Books that give you plenty of time to yourself are not to be scorned.

For don’t we all need “just a little time to ourselves”—?

 

See how the stubborne damzell doth deprave my simple meaning!

She’s quick to sniff out insult in every little ambiguous phrase.

 

Praise is due Mother Nature at this, the start of her new fiscal year.

Silver maple’s printing money again; box elder’s opened its offices…

 

And even Madrid is putting out a few timid tender leaves.

A poem or two to be recited in the presence of the infant Mira.

from I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say Find more by Anthony Madrid at the library

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Madrid
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.

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