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Michele A. Belluomini


Michele Belluomini was the Winner of the 2004 Plan B Press poetry chapbook contest for Crazy Mary and Others. Michele has deep roots in the Philadelphia poetry community, most recently as one of the coordinators of the Monday Poetry Series held at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Main Branch.

 


CRAZY MARY

walks as if she might break something
walks hardly picking up her feet
.......as if .......the sound of the footstep would be too much
.......as if .......the pressure of putting her foot down
....... .......would cause trembling uncontrollable and unstoppable

she is trembling
carrying her steaming heart out into the street
she’ll tell you she’s well now
but the whine of a passing trolley knifes through
contorts her features
she claps her hands to her ears .......spitting and cursing
in reply

still not sure how she got to this cold eastern city
still not sure what the terms of exile are

she says: .......I can remember the past, but I cannot recall
....... ....... .......the future
she says: .......no, that is not what I wanted to say
....... ....... .......I wanted to say, the future behind me is
....... ....... .......the past .......in front .......of me
....... ....... .......yes

....... ....... ....... .......that is what I wanted to say


LOOK, HOW BEAUTIFUL HER GARDEN

what does she care
as soon as she was able, she made
her way back to the abandoned city
the massive broken skeleton of
Chernobyl looming in the background

it was quiet
and the zinnias and sunflowers grow so large
her beets are voluptuous in their purple skins

what better way to end her life
in her own house .......its little garden
looking like something out of a dream
under the ruined sun



Michele A. Belluomini is a poet and storyteller. Her work has been published in many journals, such as Philadelphia Poets, The FoxChase Review, Big Bridge, and American Poetry Review, as well as in several anthologies, including most recently, Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others, was published by Plan B Press in 2004. A retired librarian, she helped to coordinate the Monday Poets series at the Free Library of Philadelphia for 15 years.

 

Published in Volume 11, Number 3, Summer 2010.