Wednesday, June 11, 2014

City Tornado by Jasen Sousa

City Tornado

She is a city tornado 
sweeping through her apartment,
sweating, trying to gather
her thoughts and pack
everything she thinks
she will need for a week
long stay in detox.

Eminem speaks
to her in the background,
and she listens.

I help her carry out 
her Nautica bag
while she balances
a bowl of oatmeal
sitting in her daughter’s
Bratz bowl along with a bag
full of feminine hygiene products.

She takes a quick look

at the board on her window

where people enter
when Eminem is speaking to her too loud.

Bruises high on her thigh
from getting hit by a bicycle
a few nights ago
are painted more colorful
than her eyes.

Her son’s trains are derailed
sitting on a sticky tile floor
in a debris of sideways sneakers
and empty Coke bottles.

She is headed from Boston
to Worcester
hoping to return in a week with less poison
in her body, and more clarity
in her thoughts.

First Published
Somewhere Lost

Copyright © 2011 by Jasen Sousa

Copyright © All Rights Reserved by J-Rock Publishing

Library of Congress
Cataloging in Publication Data
ISBN  978-0-9714926-7-7

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