MA JOLIE

so pretty the roads that lead to nowhere
so handsome the dim sky in winter
the grey snow on the sides of highways
the trash and needles in abandoned buildings

so unforgettable are the eyes that poured into yours
some great transference of sad souls before splitting like atoms
so beautiful the squirming amoeba beneath the microscope
beauty in the smoke that rises from the trainwreck

beauty in the heart that cringes up and stops
beauty in buildings collapsing in slow motion
there is beauty inside the reels of fast motion too
when you blink and the hand reaching out is gone

so pretty a dream achieved and the silence thereafter
a standing ovation a wind-down an empty auditorium
a bus packed full of strange people who do not exist
a walk up the stairs to the hanging rope of a table
with only one chair

so beautiful are we the chorus of the slowing dying
so strong the song we sing as we rock our own cradles
as we dress our own wounds as we dance the way
that we are supposed to dance at a funeral

we humanity are supposed to dance at a funeral
we’re supposed to dance on hot coals and cold beds
we are supposed to dance over the ghosts in voicemails
the dark flowers that bloom when we’re never ready

we are never ready to be thrown against so much beauty
we never think that we will be the victims of so much love
we never think that we will be the victims of so much love

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2015

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Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

11 thoughts on “MA JOLIE”

  1. Thank you for this poem. Many complex allusions and associations.

    Among others, this line stands out for me: “beauty in buildings collapsing in slow motion…” .

    Connects in my mind to videos of a major annual fire-ceremony event in Catalunia, Spain, where giant statues of the devil are burned every year and slowly collapse in flame. ( Cremada del dimoni )

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