"Aphasia", "Public Execution", and "These Days"

Written By

Jimmy Burns

"Aphasia"

 

IV drip drips a quick fix.

Impoundment disgust

of abandoned food particles

reservoir between stroke

and bleeding gums-

tongue refuses to speak,

unrecognizable voice,

sound melds to gibberish,

slur inflicted from lips,

right brain poetry recital,

deluded conflict derision

of left side anarchy-

turn page, greet another day-

utter confusion during silence.

 

 

"Public Execution"

 

Left side deficit

tyranny of nerves and flesh,

                 attends

garage sales, flea markets,

                 church bazaars,

junk...junk...junk...

seek wheelchairs

to buy on the cheap

{rob mobility of its parts}

claim art works of

                              blues 

engage conversation with

                        strang**ers 

change dollars to ''''''''quarters

                spasm wave

load goodbye on ramp

return

    to shut-in status.

 

 

"These Days"

 

Near the edge of never more-

exit swinging hospital doors-

miscued words jumble haphazard syntax

labored exposition drooled downward chin-

comprehensive muddle-nouns exchanged

within exaggerated culture of verb phrases:

back brain Mozart pianos solo sonata-

murmur collides with disconnection-

present tense eaten by past and future.

Jimmy Burns writes his poetry from his wheelchair parked at his rural home near Houston. Disability poems included in Chest, Edgz, Homestead Review, Pegasus, and Wordgathering. Poetry by Burns has been nominated for a Pushcart award. In 2009 Burns won an Inglis House award.

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