Defend the Eastside

The 5, the 101, the 10
Suavecito for President
A funeral procession out of City Terrace
No ICE on the overpass
Just a shot on the countertop
Next to hot chilaquiles
No liquor license needed
Just a morning prayer for the dead
Just a few words for the old man
So raise your glass to the 60, Atlantic and the 710
To watching the semillas grow through strollers through Los Puntos
A brick through gentrified windows
All the better to die on your feet
Cause life’s a risk
A wedding …

THE MOUNTAINS AND WATERS OF THE IMMEDIATE PRESENT

When I love another person, after I close the circle I say, “I know that things are not always all the way one way.” This is an idealized tenderness. That …

Arthropoda Californiae

Three weeks after my husband’s cremation
I cancelled the contract
with the exterminator.

Now, I share a home with arthropods.

They teach me to inhabit
hollow spaces. Their movements expand

Aspens

You have to remember the Aspen grove;

the white stalks of trees, their stuttering leaves–

the descending quiet. Vesper sparrows.

No one beside you; no one behind you.

But you hear …

every you, every us

Think remember map our
 
 
every you every us every night every darkness
 
 
lay fear down
lay in sadness
carry this acre
taken from a map

Condominium Song #3

Steve speaks slowly, and because he is the 
Housing Association President,
he also speaks in detail, willing nothing
 
be missed or wrong. He is old so events
take on …