January 7-13, 2013: Michael Estabrook and Goirick Brahmachari

Michael Estabrook and Goirick Brahmachari


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Michael Estabrook
mestabrook@comcast.net

Bio (auto)

Michael Estabrook of Acton, Massachusetts, is a baby boomer who began getting his poetry published in the late 1980s. Over the years he has published 15 poetry chapbooks, his most recent entitled “When the Muse Speaks.” His interests include history, art, music, theatre, opera, and his wife who just happens to be the most beautiful woman he has ever known.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Michael Estabrook and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Alice D. Cahoon & Aunt Lucy

walking with my children
in the Chatham cemetery on Cape Cod;
we see graves of soldiers
from the Civil War and
the War of 1812
buried
beneath broken headstones.

my 8 year old daughter
is amazed
that the shortest lives
were nameless twins,
born and died on the same day.
and my son marvels at all the sea
captains lost at sea.

the oldest person was
Alice D. Cahoon,
who lived from 1883 to 1987.
and on one stone is only
the name, "Aunt Lucy."

and we wondered
how it would be to be known
throughout all
eternity simply as
Aunt Lucy.


Barbershop

The guys are rearranging
the display windows, dusting,
setting up bottles & brushes
in a more interesting way.

Todd the Barber smiles,
clears a chair, pumps me up
& starts to snip
at my ever-thinning hair,
around the ears,
inch above the collar.

He’s quiet thank God.
I’m tired & I hate small talk
in barbershops.

There’s Carly Simon on AM
& I think how could James Taylor
ever let her get away.


Goirick Brahmachari
goirick@gmail.com

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Goirick works as a consultant for an economics research organisation in New Delhi India. He hails from Silchar. An ardent follower of Jazz, Blues and Indian classical forms of music. He loves to travel and document places and experiences through his poems. His poems have been published Decanto, Pyrta Journal, Four Quarters magazine, and other Indian Journals .

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Goirick Brahmachari and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Conversation

He can’t speak a single language
that I have known so far.
That doesn’t matter.
He plays the mandolin all night.
We spoke for an hour.


Tik tak tup

Raindrops on my roof
your breath
sounds like a Haiku