Friday, June 6, 2014

Poem: Cause, Effect

Cause, Effect

Soloing off the eastern coast,
the violinist forsakes Debussy for Gershwin.

Hearing Gershwin, a Springer
spaniel barks with a Southern accent.

Reminded of her grandpa,
Katie places a call to Tuscaloosa.

Having just hung up on her nosy sister,
Grandma Beth answers with cussing.

Katie yelps and hangs up.

Recognizing her granddaughter’s yelp,
Beth rifles her phone book,
unwittingly punches the number for
Katie’s old apartment in Seattle.

A woman answers in Spanish.
Beth hangs up.

Leticia Flores sets down the phone and
gives her husband a cold stare.

Tired of arguing, Diego Flores
walks downtown to a baseball game.

In the ninth inning, Diego
catches a game-winning home
run and gives it to a
four-year-old in the next seat.

Inspired by the joy on his son’s face,
Mark Sutro calls his wife and
asks for a reconciliation.

His wife goes to the balcony,
where Dieter is practicing the Gershwin.

From the collection Fields of Satchmo 
Photo by MJV

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