Today, the Sun Is Mine

The fence leans chaotically
into and out of motley yards.
This is a portrait of the temporary.

Happiness abounds.
Facts tell us
that the day was created to suit me.
But it’s not the day.

There are oriental carpets,
packed like freight train cars
carrying rats that departed from my ears,
rats with green itchy fur
and globules of yellow, oil-like poisons.

My mind pushes the deadly cement trucks
to run over the willowy carpets.
And balloons carrying fireworks
throw fire into their cavernous bodies
so they can get up to oversee my eager rats
sailing into a flaming sunrise
that cleanses the city dump
and sparks the stray dogs
with will to live.

We can ask shyly about tomorrow.

Or we can fly deep inside the lush, May grass
brought on by polar rains
that worked diligently to drown me,
to finally finish me off,
dropping me
in the yellow shit from my rats.

The rats may be playing with the sun.
But today, the sun is mine.

Today is my second day
of happiness,
allowing that yesterday
was the first day.
Yesterday, my entire body counteracted
despair made from an insane state
very near death,
very near the end of a line,
and I cannot tell you now
if I ever lived before yesterday.

I may never get a third day
so for now,
I strip naked
and I dance wildly
on the roof of the old 7-Eleven store
on the corner where the car horns are busy
and the unused grass blows gently,
undisturbed by the heat
from the blacktop.

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  1. #1 by carldagostino on April 29, 2011 - 1:17 am

    Dancin on the roof, eh? You’ve become a real Zero Mostel.

    • #2 by Carl on April 29, 2011 - 7:14 am

      I can do eyes like Zero Mostel – Give me a chance!

  2. #3 by meiro on April 29, 2011 - 3:20 am

    I like the second last stanza, nice expressions.
    Enjoy reading your work.

    • #4 by Carl on April 29, 2011 - 7:14 am

      Thank you for your comment.

  3. #5 by liv2write2day on April 29, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Good one, The first stanza give a lot to think about.

    • #6 by Carl on April 29, 2011 - 8:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Victoria. I appreciate your stopping by.

  4. #7 by claudia on May 1, 2011 - 8:27 am

    simply love it!

    • #8 by Carl on May 2, 2011 - 7:10 am

      Thank you, Claudia!

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