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New England

by Alfonso Colasuonno

 

We're drinking Power Jack from a Styrofoam cup

That’s Jack Daniels with crushed Ritalin

Mixed up in unknown quantities

That we pass back and forth

As I ride shotgun in his van

And I note that there’s a lot of white snow

Up here, near Brattleboro.

 

And he's telling me

That his aunt wants to disown him

Because he likes Jack Daniels

She’s not concerned

About underage drinking

Or binge drinking

But his family is from Kentucky

He should be loyal to Jim Beam

It’s a question of decorum

 

Now there’s a bonfire going

And of course there’s a joint

A townie that he knows met us here

He sells quarters for sixty

Always kind bud, he says

And of course he sticks around

And of course he’s in the rotation

And he tells us

About when his dad fought in ‘Nam

There was a soldier

With one leg

And he was hoarding ammunition and weaponry

And he dug a hole with his hands

[He made a point to note that his hands were fine]

And buried himself in there

And his dad’s mission

Was to go and kill this AWOL soldier

I think there was supposed to be a point.

When I was getting ready to leave

He drove me to the Greyhound stop

And told me what he wanted more than anything

He wanted to work at a fancy restaurant

And lace all the platters with LSD

And watch the squares trip balls.

I never saw him again.

But I always wondered what it'd be like

If I went to school in New England.




Facing God

 

by Alfonso Colasuonno

 

It starts with a profound sense of discomfort

It always does

Don't be alarmed

It's not His condemnation

It's your own

You want to run

With every bit of your body

But you can't escape Him

When you run away

He's there

So, you give up

And start running in the opposite direction

And He runs from you

And the frustration sets in

And the hatred

And contempt

And twice the son of Hell emerges

And you blame Him

Look at what you've made me turn into

Self-righteous, cold, prideful

And He tells you

That was you all along

And you tell Him no, no, no

I was a free spirit, a creature of love

And as soon as the words spill

You realize you are also a liar

And you turn to Him

And you shut up

And you meander along

Waiting to hear His words

Even a faint whisper

Even a minor stir

But what is a whisper or stir

Amidst eternity?

 

 

 

Alfonso Colasuonno is an up-and-coming poet and short fiction writer whose work has been featured in Gutter Eloquence Magazine and Citizens for Decent Literature. His works deals with themes of isolation, dissolution, alienation, and nihilism and their relation to sex, relationships, politics, identity and religion. He is currently based in Clarion, PA. His personal website is http://www.alfonsocolasuonno.com

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