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Masticate This

    poem by Didi Menendez
    art by Julio Mateo


Insanity drives you visiting cemeteries
picking up wilted half frozen daisies
off snow capped tombstones
left from some scorched lover
the winter before

Secured in your heated car
sucking thumb fetus like
your driver whispers a lullaby
the jaws of life is stained she sings
in your bleeding Van Gogh ear
and you sleep with this lie masticating
the driver's words instead of the jaws
saving supplication
you masticate on the vision of life suffering on her knees
begging for your Buddhist Zen erect praises

it taps on your windows
asking if you want salvation
while you,
secure in your heated womb
write poetry of a condemned death
polishing those headstones
carving your stubborn sentence
not to accept unconditional love

So,
Masticate This!
and be the soil for next spring's daisies
and watch as your Face diminishes
into the sunset

Artwork by Julio Mateo


Artwork by Julio Mateo


Diamond09 by Julio Mateo
clothesline faces

    poem by Didi Menendez
    art by Julio Mateo


clothesline faces
wait
side by side
for sun-ogram
embryonic notions
pin each one
while
quiet fetuses play with their thumb
cleaned laundry sheets
cover pubic hairs
blue jelly squeezed
cold and slippery
nurses face turns white
I stare at the silhouette light
dangling worries paint the ceiling
it will be all right
but
they are not the ones
she is not the one
that have a
dead baby walking