Friday, September 24, 2010

A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me-Derrick Brown

This poem breaks me up all the time.

A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me

Derrick Brown
Lying together in the park on Seventh,
our backs smoosh grass and I say
I will love you till I become a child again,
when feeding me and bathing me is no longer romantic,
but rather necessary.

I will love you till there is no till.
Till I die.
And when that electroencephalogram shuts down, darlin'
that's when the real lovin' kicks in.

Forgive me for sounding selfish
but I won't be able to wait under the earth for you
(albeit a romantic thought for groundhogs,
gophers and the gooey worms).
I will not be able to wait for you...

but I will meet up with you
and here's where you will find me:
get a pen--

Hold your finger up
(two fingers if your hands are frail by now)
and count two stars directly to the left
of the North American moon.
You will find me there.
You will find me darting behind amazing quasars
Behind flirtatious winks
of bright and blasting boom stars!

Sometimes charging so far into space
the darkness goes blue.
I will be there chasing sound waves
riding them like two-dollar pony ride horses
that have finally broken free and wild.
I will be facing backwards, lying sideways,
no hands, sidesaddle, sometimes standing
sometimes screaming zip zang zowie!
My God, it's good to be back in space... Where is everybody?

You will recognize my voice.
You will see the flash of a fire trail
burning off the back of me
burning like a gasoline comet kerosene sapphire.
This is my voice.
Don't look for my body or a ghost.
I'll resemble more a pilot light than a man now.

I'm sure some will see
this cobalt star white light from earth
and cast me a wish like a wonder bomb.
And I'll think "Hmmph. people still do that?"

I'm sure I'll take the light wonder bombs
to the point in the universe
where sound does end.
The back porch of God's summer home.

It's so quiet here, you float.
It feels the way cotton candy tastes.

I say to him... why do I call you God?
He says 'Because Grand Poobah sounds ridiculous.'
(Who knew he was so witty?)
I ask him 'Lord, so many poets have tried to nail it and missed, what is holy?'

At that moment,
the planets begin to spin and awaken
and large movie screens appear on Mars, Saturn and Venus
each bearing images I have witnessed
and over each and every clip flashes the word holy.

magic tricks--holy
cows' tongues--holy
snowballs upside the head--holy
clumsy first kisses--holy
sneaking into movies--holy
your mother teaching you to slow dance
the fear returning
the fear overcome--holy
eating top ramen on upside-down frisbees
cause it was either plates or more beer--holy
drunk beach cruiser nights--holy
the $5.00 you made in vegas
and the $450.00 you lost--holy
the last time you were nervous holding hands--holy
feeling God at a pool hall but not church--holy
sleeping during your uncle's memorized dinner prayer--holy
losing your watch in the waves and all that signifies--holy
the day you got to really speak to your father cause the television broke--holy
the day your grandmother told you something meaningful
cause she was dying--holy
the medicine
the hope
the blood
the fear
the trust
the crush
the work
the loss
the love
the test
the birth
the end
the finale
the design
in the stars
is the same
in our hearts
the design
in the stars
is the same
in our hearts
in the rebuilt machinery of our hearts

So love, you should know what to look for
and exactly where to go...

Take your time and don't worry about getting lost.
You'll find me.
Up there, a finger and two dots away.
If you're wondering if I'll still be able to hold you
...I honestly don't know

But I do know that I could still fall for
a swish of light that comes barreling
and cascading towards me.

It will resemble your sweet definite hands.
The universe will bend.
The planets will bow.
And I will say "Oh, there you are. I been waitin' for ya. Now we can go."

And the two pilot lights go zoooooooom
into the black construction paper night

as somewhere else
two other lovers lie down on their backs and say
"What the hell was that?"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ode to Curly Hair

I don't think you understood the psychological torment one went through,
In middle school,
With nicknames such as:
Lenny Kravitz Wannabe
That Girl With Frizzy Hair
And yes, I would like you to know, Miss Brittney Gugaliami
Or whatever the fucking hell your name was,
That I once thought that you should die a very slow and painful death,
With meat cleavers and such,
Because your hair was straight and mine,

These days I look to my sisters,
Of frizzy descent,
Who once brushed through it all, hoping to God to look like all those bitches in the 7th grade,
Small tits, flat irons, mothers who taught them to use tampons and eyeliner,
And I wonder where Brittney G is now,
Still showing off her new thong to the football team?
Still straightening her bangs?
Still bragging that she knows what a blow job is?
While I,
Frizzy hair and all,
Tried to look it up in the dictionary

My curls are a part of me,
I like to say
A vital section of my soul
Everything I'm made up of,
and more

What is your hair, Brittney G?
AKA everything I hated about my childhood.
Dead cells growing from your skull?
Oh, okay.

15 Things That Are Good

Here are some really good things in my life right now:

1. I go to one of the most beautiful colleges on the planet.
2. The weather is lovely.
3. I am listening to Bob Dylan.
4. I am healthy and young and basically happy.
5. My hair is really really curly.
6. My dog is safe and sound. I got to see her this weekend. She's a senior citizen, but she's had a lovely long life so that's okay.
7. I am friends with a lot of really excellent people. Here and there.
8. I am essentially single and loving it.
9. My good days outnumber my bad days.
10. I have a wonderful, supportive family that doesn't hate me for deciding to be a drama major.
11. I love to sing and today my voice teacher told me that I'm actually pretty damn good at it.
12. My sister lives in London now. How cool is that?
13. My cat's name is Sherman.
14. I'm learning a lot of really neat things.
15. I like my name a lot.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sometimes, I just very politely want to ask, "Will you fall in love with me?"

I wonder what the reaction would be.

I wonder if anyone would take that question seriously.

And what would I do? You know, if someone asked me that very same thing?

"Sure thing, sweet thang," probably. Or maybe, "I dunno, will I?" depending on how much I actually want to.

The thing is, if someone were to come up to me and very politely ask this question, I'm pretty sure I would just say yes no matter what, because I would be so impressed with the effort.

So there's a life lesson in there, somewhere, I think

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I'm afraid I'm too repetitive
Too selfish
Too silly
Too confused
Too clumsy
Too flirty
Too much of a bitch
Too needy
Too insecure
Too cocky
Too boring
Too afraid