I have a new book out: Carmine Fin, Golden Road. It's a collection of poems from 2014-2016. Enjoy!
The Mirror of Heaven
The Mirror of Heaven
Carmine Fin, Golden Road
inside the indian trailer park. The trailer is very large, and divided into family groupings. Some people have a whole separated bedroom suite. Others do not, dependent upon status. I find Lois and my sleeping bags on two beds out in the open areas. There is a kitchen finally. A tree hangs from a string on the ceiling. A medicinal cactus. There is a Ficus tree, a Norfolk pine. I go to the sink and spit out the clam. It is full of oregano. carefully I hang my toes over the descent to the enclosed porch. oh, they've made it real nice. green astro-turf and the windows showing other trailers. it is a relief. I am suddenly happy.
“Did you read Sammy’s piece in Life? Huh? It’s real good.”
Lois goes out to smoke a cigarette.
“A little here, a little there,” the ageing patriarch says to me. we understand one another. He wears a plaid vest, black and white.
“It’s over past Triple C’s” Lois says. Not much past, I find out as the trailer park is right next to Triple C’s roadhouse.
“What’s goin' on with Linda?”
“Oh, is that her name now?”
“She changed her name to that.”
“Okay. Have you heard from her though?”
“No. she changed her name. Changed her life.” He shrugs. “Waddyou think about the clams?”
“Gonna try one.” A woman stands behind them: impassive.
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