Poem #28: Four Brothers

Four Brothers

gawking giant doppelganger
hollow but whole
a credulous cherub stretched
to super-size
metabolizing at rapid rates
reporting life
in code
a backdoor witchcraft
cipher built to defy mainstream
culpability (he has the touch!)

a new testament devil
in perfect time with
life’s script
exact entrances and
sentimental wit
getting older
but never taller
(he once played Amadeus
you know)

headfirst risks on credit
and odd jobs held with
hot hands cooked
in conservatory kilns
and competitive
truth breaks through on-
line (in 5/8 time)

displaced in space
past-me pulls the arm
back to the first groove
repeating records already
spun and patterns
taught downstream
to two more fish who long to
walk on land (and walk
in love)

@NBF 5.14.2009


Manhattan Beach, 2008



Four character portraits in mixed media: figurative and literal language.


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