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Souto & Miller – Aug. 15

Leslie F. Miller and Adel Souto traded art and words. Adel shared this image with Leslie:Adel_Souto_pic_004

In response, Leslie wrote this poem:

jane doe

where will they find the body
when they hardly knew the mind
an old dirt road, a beach motel
the rubble of a broken home?
beneath the pile of books
I’d sworn to read, some words
and then some more?
god forbid a hospital
my eyebrows gone
metastatic anger on the x-rays.
will I be clutching pills
a gun, my heart?
my batman mask pulled down
B carved in my chest?
Will they know me by my bones
the birds and bugs I feed?
or will they find me slumped
atop the poems I can’t write
a word but not another
webs around my fingers
long before the struggle stopped?

* * * * *

Leslie shared this poem with Adel:

ode to Monday

Monday is the pit in Sunday’s stomach
dark cloud that blocks its first syllable
and begins descent until the second
has been snuffed out by night.
you can smell the putrid meat of Monday
all the way from Friday
a faint rancid cloy that drips in the throat
with the first sip of happy hour ale
diluted and forgotten in the next pull.
you are tempted to plunge its rat head
in the toilet and hold it there long after
the squirming stops but you can’t
because you need it.     you need Monday
the boil that must be lanced
if we are to ever get things done.
Monday is the ugly girl at the party
ill-fitting dress and morning breath
but if you smile and kiss her on the mouth
without a sideward glance toward
the comely ones you could have had
she will let you go all the way.

In response, Adel made this image, entitled “Monday”:


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Ruth permalink
    August 23, 2015 10:38 pm

    Jane Doe really works for this jewel-like, ominous image. Great collaboration!

  2. August 27, 2015 1:56 pm

    rather dark- powerful- art work and poetry- first pome has nice outlaw quality-kind of woman i stay away from- just kidding- my kind of woman- biker
    now that i’m retired? mondays r fine- hold on kitty

  3. August 30, 2015 10:07 pm

    Thanks, both. I think. 😀


    • September 2, 2015 7:33 pm

      call me- i think we NEED TO GET together- yrs in stalkingness dave 410-235-7507 we can meet on a monday and discuss what “all the way” means

  4. September 2, 2015 7:54 pm

    cld u bring the 2nd work into focus? is there something wrong w my eyes?

  5. ramsueno permalink
    November 23, 2015 3:05 pm

    love the picture Monday…well matched with the poem…the humor is wonderful…

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