Now That's What I Call Alternative Literature


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TWO POEMS BY DIANNA DRAGONETTI

Once,

                while carelessly
                brandishing a
                small pocketknife

                                            I somehow cut
                                            a bird in flight
                                            inadvertently
                                            on its breast

                                                                    in the area
                                                                    just below
                                                                    its stately beak
                                                                    and gleaming eyes,

                                                                    scarlet spreading
                                                                    amidst
                                                                    copper-colored
                                                                    plumage

                And it bled for days.

_________________________

Darling

Hello, faded lover,

sitting on a crooked stool in a bar somewhere

tracing varicose veins

You are all red lipstick stain on a cocktail napkin,

Ragged runs in a nude slip,

Patent leather shoes plastered with the grime

of decadent evenings and industrial decay

The showerhead is a negligent lover, no?

Unrepentant in his boredom

Wrapped in a towel, hide your shame

Hello, wilted sweetheart,

batting sooty cigarette ash eyelashes

at anyone who will meet your gaze

You are mascara smudge,

chipped tooth,

curling wisp of smoke,

You are the noxious floral fragrance left behind on a subway seat.

You are a tired, beautiful vacancy,

haunted behind those heavy lids

by distorted images of your son’s grave in the rain

Your eyes are empty sea glass, now.

_________________________

Dianna Dragonetti is a woefully jaded teen ghost who writes disjointed existential horror. She has published a book called ‘Tangier.’ She loves you. We all love you.