John Lambremont. Sr. - Poet
Well, here we are, waiting for Hurricane Isaac to hit. Unfortunately, my best hurricane poems are under submission.
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We attended last week-end the Texas Poetry Calendar 2013 reading at Blue Willow Bookstore in Houston. A good tome was had by all, and we got to meet many fine Texas poets, one of whom has submitted to and had a poem accepted by our review, Big River Poetry Review here in Baton Rouge, La. Please check out our website at bigriverpoetry.com to read some outstanding poems, and don't forget: we need more submissions!
Here's a poem of mine previously published in Caper Literary Journal, now known as Patasola Review, in New York City, published by Lisa Marie Basile. The protagonist in this poem has troubles that make our current predicament seem small.
PACHUCO Y JUANITO
Pachuco has brought into the cantina
his glorified version of a pellet gun,
a sawn-off muzzle-loading blunderbuss
able to shoot todas tipos las cosas.
He tells the barkeep he will use it
to keep a scavenging gallina out
of his novia's casa de pollo.
Juanito pales and stares at his
if el jefe del barrio knows.
Then the sound of a muffled discharge,
Juanito feels the stings of a dozen wasps,
and gasps, small metal pieces lodging
in his limbs. Raul darkens,
drops his few wrinkled bills onto the
vinyl tablecloth, murmurs, "Vamanos,"
and exits hurriedly, but Juanito,
picking a BB from his earlobe,
approaches Pachuco at the brass rail
and puts the projectile on the bar,
mumbling, "Necessita tengar mas cuidado,"
to which el jefe, his eyes narrowing,
replies, "Y tu tambien."
Raul ha desaparecido, the sidewalk empty save
Pachuco's cadre de guerreros. Juanito ambles down
the paseo, being followed, but once he passes
the estacion de policia, he is left alone
to pick shrapnel from his wounds.
His sternum is burning; probing
a cut, he extracts a small medallion
of La Virgen. He turns it over in
wonder, revealing la marca 925,
Juanito crosses over to the pawn shop,
as La Virgen will bring dinero for
tomorrow's dinner. Inside the door,
he considers his situation carefully,
as it might be mas mejor to buy
with his last few pesetas
a matching silver chain.
Next, given the dark skies outside, I bring you a grim study in childhood gone amok, previously published in The Ampersand Review,
Go-Bots do not go
to sleep, they lie
awake in old toy
or headless weights just
waiting for the signal sound
to bring them back
around to rape grown
children that laid them
Next, to lighten the mood, an acrostic poem, which was published this summer in Suisun Valley Review:
A hungry hummingbird darts and hovers,
Mesmerized by the harlot bloom;
Aromas draw him slowly nearer,
Red petal cup serene and seductive,
Yellow pistils thrusting saucily.
Lust overcomes the excited suitor, his
Loving kiss met with an airy appraisal;
In moments, he sets his course and is gone, to
Share a sweet tale with his brothers.
Finally, to go from the sublime to the ridiculous, here's the first installment in my series about a diminutive alien despot's misadventures. This series appeared in my first book, "Whiskey, Whimsy, & Rhymes," available on Amazon.com and all the major bookstore websites. I will include successive installments in each new post until the series has run. Warning: do not read these poems with your mouth full.
A Big Feast
The holy Grand Poo-Bah
sat high on his throne
gold rings on his fingers
and a bone in his nose
The Boo-pahs were dining
on ma-poh tofu
regaling His Highness
so alone and aloof
Fried lice so crunchy
and dog legs so sweet
but the Boo-pahs were asking,
“What’s the Mystery Meat?”
Queen Poo-Bah away
from everyone’s eyes
but her fat patties lay
right next to their fries
Grand Poo-Bah would never
admit to the truth
so he gave the excuse
of an aching back tooth
“Oh, well! What the hell,
anything to feed the troops!”
That's all for now. Please pray for us; we are facing 24 to 48 hours of "relentless rain, flooding, and high winds." per The Weather Channel.