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Poems By Bruce Dodson

Postcard From Rio



Dusty candles stuck in cola bottlenecks along the curbsides

Flicker nervously against the evening traffic

Sea breeze flavored with the scent of ethanol, exhaust and lipstick

Little altars set by fire plugs, street-side tree trunks

Doorway entrance steps and stop signs

Cigarettes are left

A bit of candy

Shiny coins . . . still new


Made worthless by spectacular inflation . . . time and place.

Small offerings left for spirit gods displaced by fire and greed

Their forests gone forever

Forced to live upon the streets of Rio de Janeiro

With their people

Sleeping on the sidewalks

Homeless servants, petty thieves and whores.

These ancient spirit gods are angry

They will have revenge.




Bruce Dodson has been recently published or has work forthcoming in:  Off The Coast, Blue Collar Review , Fiction International, Every Day Poets, Sein und Werden, Kerouac's Dog Magazine, Breadline Press West Coast Poetry Anthology, D H K , and Barely South Review.

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