Day: May 27, 2023

october 2001october 2001

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 5:37 pm

an acquired fear of roaring skies
moved me to my knees before
the sun-room window

fighter-jets climbing from the local air force base
one-by-one climbing straight up
rolling on their axes
flashing their wings in sunrise sunlight
flashing and rolling and climbing as though
they were living things themselves
roaring into autumn morning
screaming into life

(Copyright 2023 by Tetman Callis.)


Tetman Callis 0 Comments 6:30 am

i got a phone call today from the newest inmate
a street-sweeping girl who’s managed to fuck her way to the bottom
now she’s in the county jail
doing light time in a heavy place

she’s kicking
kicking the heavy doors
kicking the concrete walls
kicking the h—
kicking the m—
wants to kick some a—
but she’s on the target end of this kicking line
no rockette she
no high-shooting flyer
just a low-flying shooter
just a girl in the can who can’t again until her kick-out date

and i tell her, nicole,
you gotta stay outta that place

i know
she says
i know

(Copyright 2023 by Tetman Callis.)

Tetman Callis 0 Comments 6:28 am

“By a son one conquereth the three worlds. By a son’s son, one enjoyeth eternity. And by a grandson’s son great-grand-fathers enjoy everlasting happiness.” – The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Vol. I, Sambhava Parva of the Adi Parva, trans. Pratap Chandra Roy