Poetry

May 30, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

isle-of-ailes

Reuters photo

 

By

Alejandro Escudé

 

 

 

The Isle of Ailes

 

 

Is a large bulky island

 

full of waiters and big plates

 

holding piles of guilt-sandwiches

 

gilded yachts sailing into shore

 

railings straddled by blondes

 

waving tiny American flags

 

and there’s a crowd of reporters

 

wearing dimpled-smile masks

 

over other masks belting out

 

the Star Spangled Banner

 

atop a stage the shape of a cross

 

the volcano at the center spews

 

news-bending molten viewpoints

 

statues of Nixon Reagan

 

and Bush rose-lined paths

 

sculpted hedges and a helicopter

 

the painted FOX on its side

 

this is an island of colossal pride

 

held up over the choppy sea by

 

a peasant-mass of bone sinew

 

and flesh columns of starving

 

children and mad soldiers at the base

 

a thin layer of flattened women

 

humming God Bless America

 

all kept alive by tubes tapping

 

rank hype and nonsense

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé

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.

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