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Volume I, Number 1 (Summer 2006)
ISSN 1934-4324

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Blue Face by Adriana DeCastro Found

Sorrow is not blue.

It is the absence of fire,

the inability to see purple.

Sorrow is eyes plucked out,

blood gone dry,

newness impossible,

ashes, soot, remains and dust.

Sorrow is not The Blues.


In a valley, after summer rains

have washed the air clean and the grass

sparkles with diamond dew,

a perfect, half-pie moon,

bright as only bright can be away from city lights,

unobscured by clouds,

shines down.





She never hit me where it showed

except by accident.



One time the belt buckle snapped free

lunged forward

like a rattlesnake uncoiled, hit me

across my nose.



Blood dripped

roused a forgotten nightmare

of a pillow pressed down

pressed down

flailing arms and legs



It was as effective

as a strait jacket

I lived inside

the lines

she drew for me

heel to toe

slack face

bland eyes

arms to my side



was all it took

most of the time.








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