Poetry

June 11, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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By

Alejandro Escudé

 

 

 

Crime

 

 

He will pardon himself

 

and the pardoning will infinitely

 

continue, the pools that are his eyes

 

will mix with other pools,

 

the entire thingee pardoning itself

 

before and after the act

 

or acts—we watched it unfold,

 

an event in past tense; no one

 

corrected it for actually taking place

 

in the present. No grammar Gestapo

 

burst in driving their beetle-black cars

 

to arrest the event for wrong tense.

 

It just happens, though we said

 

it had happened. Do two wrongs

 

make a right? You’ll have to ask

 

him. He should know, or should’ve,

 

depending on your perspective

 

or your state of residence.

 

I remember my boss once

 

shutting the door that lead

 

into the Christmas office party

 

in my face, pushing out before

 

pulling in, nearly breaking my nose,

 

because I was late; I snuck in

 

after the choir he’d invited sang

 

their last carol. A coworker,

 

who was an unbeliever, let me in

 

through another door. My boss

 

never spoke of it. My nose felt the blow

 

that never was, or is, again depending

 

on whether you think a company

 

or a country should be founded

 

on laws or traditions. My boss loved

 

the tradition of the Christmas office party

 

so much, he insisted we be there on time

 

and I looked everywhere, we looked

 

everywhere, but there was no crime.

 

He’d simply closed a door.

 

It could’ve been coincidence, though

 

I’d seen his eye rotate like a gecko’s eye

 

before spotting me

 

through the crack in the door.

 

 

 

 

 

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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