Aquí en Michigan

Aquí en Michigan

Hace calor Abuelita says We find her in the kitchen of the apartment Wearing nothing but a bra and a half slip. ¡Mami! Tia gasps I laugh, and laugh, and laugh Six-years-old and sixty Adjusting to this new place. The white people keep telling us It’s not the heat It’s...
Into the Mist

Into the Mist

Someday this summer I will cross through a mist Gravity will release my burdens And I will float, just for a second Just enough to make it through the rainbow The spectrum of color for the chosen ones The vision of the unlikely It’s the country of the lost On...
Passing

Passing

1. But he did die that morning At 32 years old. One year younger than our Lord, Jesus Christ. 2. The modern apostles laid oily hands on his head To pass on the power of the Holy Ghost Leaving only phantoms to wander in his hair A fog of questions that journeyed to his...

We Danced Naked

There is a time to mourn a time to dance and we dance naked The ballad of dead things has played it’s final notes we leave it buried somewhere between the street and the door the same with our clothes somewhere Here, in this sanctuary, we sway our chests meet to...
The straight guy, brother, buddy, gay-friend lunch.

The straight guy, brother, buddy, gay-friend lunch.

[For a dear friend.] i thought of you while driving south on the expressway when i turned on my high beams cause it was raining and it was dark and, well… i have astigmatism sorry. what i’m trying to say is. i was thinking of you sitting. across from me. when we...