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Frank De Canio – 2 poems 

Scheherazade Redux

 

Scheherazade could scarcely spin such tales

to keep her interlocutor engaged

like aggravating CNN regales

its viewership until it grows assuaged

by news that is at least a few weeks old.

Not even wide-eyed kings would be seduced

if consorts humored them with tales thrice-told,

that nonetheless consistently help boost

the ratings of its jaded viewership.

No termination of the nuptial knot

with anchors, or its stewardship,  

for raking over breaking news once hot.

Oh, they might add a fresh and novel spin

to stagnant summaries to make us get involved.

But shrewd Scheherazade would brook chagrin  

from Sultans till her marriage came dissolved.

Still, anchors act like virgin newlyweds

another day to keep their talking heads.

 

 

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Finding Turnstiles in Strange Places

 

 

I’m sorry for entering your bedroom

at 3 am. I thought it was 8:30 in the morning

and that I was on the Number 4 express train

en route to Bowling Green. I’m not surprised,

as such, at the eviscerating look you gave

me with the crew of MTA officials

standing near your bed. Your glowering

look froze me in my tracks, even as I crossed

the threshold leading to your comfort sofa –

which was apparently made of metal.

Under the circumstances, it was brash of me

to enter your inner sanctum so gingerly,

scarcely aware of the gap between your teeth

and platform shoes. Having stayed there

for 20 minutes, it was generous of you

not to call the cops and have me arrested

before I had a chance to stand clear

of your bedroom’s rapidly closing door.  

 

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Frank De Canio was born & bred in New Jersey, works in New York. He loves music of all kinds, from Bach to Dory Previn, Amy Beach to Amy Winehouse. Shakespeare is his consolation, writing his hobby. He likes Dylan Thomas, Keats, Wallace Stevens, Frost, Ginsburg, and Sylvia Plath as poets. 

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Frank de Canio – 4 poems

Mourning Sickness

   (the day after losing to Donald Trump)

 

How like a mother poised to bring to term

what would have been the distaff side’s first born,

must Hillary appear amidst the sturm

und drang development. Her fans are torn

to hear gestation periods so long

could bring to bear such inauspicious fruit.

They’re gathering to find out what went wrong

with a delivery that seemed astute.

Forget a baby shower’s diaper packs,

as Secretaries line her cabinet

with Treasurer, Defense, and State – like cracks

inside a ceiling made of glass. Regrets

alone inform her mortuary mood,

like hens on hatches that they failed to brood.

 

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The Blessed Virgin Chastises the Infant Jesus

    (after the painting by Max Ernst)

 

Although the child possesses rank

when swanked by saints in Heaven’s sphere,

He swallows pride astride her shank

while she raps penance on his rear –

despite presumptive blasphemy.

Albeit not of woman born,

and sworn to bear the cross for me,

He’s not above a woman’s scorn

when matters turn to discipline.

For no one is above her law

who’s swaddled with a diaper pin –

regardless of prophetic awe.

And since He suffers every man’s

development at woman’s hands

 

His kingly crown has tumbled down

beside her. She, with feet apart,

imparts with unforgiving frown

harsh blessings from an anguished heart.

For though He’s God’s anointed son,

He’s spared no trials while on her knee

who, faithfully, has just begun

to trod the road to Calvary.

Indeed. If he’d redeem His flock

He needs ambassadors on earth

who lovingly make us take stock

of life before our second birth.

As such, He raises from the tomb

the blistered fruit of woman’s womb.

 

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Free Throw     

 

Imagine if Dan Sterling’s senile rants

were not made public to the autocrats

who smugly dictate what we can and can’t

communicate to girlfriends in our flats?

Our black Americans would still be riled

by fruits of their oppressed ancestors’ plight.

and street gangs would be running wild,

ensuring that their neighbors heed their might.

But now that Sterling’s forced to sell his share

of ownership by Teflon corporate shirts,

the black community will get a fair

proportion of the wealth for all the hurts

inflicted on them. Poverty’s passé

when knights in mail that shine like silver slay

with magic dragons those who scarcely puff.

Forget a hundred years of slavery.

A sacrificial goat appears enough

to show the world belated bravery.

Who cares if it’s 200 years too late

to fight the battle when it mattered most?

They also serve the cause who sit and wait

self-righteously to trumpet a riposte

against offenses in an old man’s brains.

Instead of reparations to oppressed

descendants of those victimized by gains

acquired thus, those presently obsessed

to compensate the loss of photo ops

to jocks, insist this worse injustice stops.

 

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Prophylactic Encounter

 

I scarcely thought her bedroom was smack in the heart of the pharmacy. But the way she glared at me, it could have grown out of her

heckling hide, or else she wore peripatetic bedding to bide what was bugging her. Anodynes – seemingly secreted in crevices of her salutary skin at the express check-out counter – it’s not surprising she locked horns with mine in the safe of her incubating mindset.  Bedded near proscriptive drugs, she wore Rx pants like sackcloth for the bulldog barter. Her lethal looks infected me like a syringe inoculating a viral glance. With clinical duress, she measured passion’s pulse, poised to fend off a lubricious encounter. Was I a druggy, rummaging through the philter of her medicine cabinet looking for an angry fix?  Ginseng notwithstanding, there’s no hospice in this supreme deceit of courtship. And so armed with my doctored addiction I pay for my Pillsbury mixture like a flattened doughboy kneaded to leavened flour rising.  With the salubrious jewels in my hand, I paid Miss Glam Puss with a post-transactional “Thank you, ma’am.”

 

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Born & bred in New Jersey, Frank De Canio works in New York. He loves music from Amy Beach to Amy Winehouse, World Music, Latin, opera. Shakespeare is his consolation, writing his hobby. He likes Dylan Thomas, Keats, Wallace Stevens, Frost, Ginsburg, and Sylvia Plath as poets, and attends a Café philo in lower Manhattan.