By Alejandro Escudé
The default moment—
———–the news: two golfers, husband and wife, score hole in one’s.
Night and night goes. Viral messaging,
————————————little thought to presence,
my friend friends my wife on Facebook, I don’t like it
———————-goes hurdling through a jungle; my first eight years as a father,
no biblical reference, and again no biblical reference
———————————–even the cow having trouble giving birth is good TV
the vet approaches her, shirt off, something I was never meant to watch,
———————————-and if you look up, if one looks up
at the lit up avenues of space,
————————————there’s Jupiter! waiting in vain for a spaceship
supplanted even more than I am.
———————————————————–For what am I, despite it all
a seat, a skeleton at the graduation
where my old students only recall with half-hearted adolescent love
———————————–their very last English teacher
the penultimate a passing note in class
a time to go, a party with pot,
——————————————— –a beer that tastes the same as it did in 1993
when I too did the same things
——————————————————————only less haphazardly and with more care
or perhaps it was a different type of care
——————————————————since rising gave you sun, a light drizzle
—————————-a satellite is set to a future time, it is living in another world
until calibrated to slow down
——————————————————so that now
I can find myself on a map where no one else can find me.
Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Find more at alejandroescude.com.
Photo by Gessy Alvarez