January 9-15, 2012: Gayle Bell and David Neves

week of January 9-15, 2012

Gayle Bell and David Neves

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Gayle Bell
linnbell2002@yahoo.com

Bio (auto)

Gayle Bell is a black womanist. She has self published “Jazz Sunday Brunch” “Primal Gospel”, “Open Song”, “Dialogues”, “and Porch Choir”. Her books “Shouting And Getting Happy” and “Benediction” were published by Genuine Lizard Press (William Bryan Massey, Editor). She has been anthologized in a number of publications. In 1999, Ms. Bell was Featured in the Film “Poetic Healings”Directed and Produced by Chinwe Odeluga. She can be found at poetry readings in the Dallas, TX. area.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Gayle Bell and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Blue Kiss

If I could describe the blue
In Monet’s lilies
It would be eclipsed by
The wrinkle in your dress
Hidden by your off white shawl
Your mouth pressed
On my cheek in an ‘oh’ of pleasure
The after image of your smile
Your shoes leaving an arrow
For me to follow



David Neves
stud-ly@hotmail.com

Bio (auto)

David Neves is a cute, little fella from Newark, NJ, who runs through the streets almost naked screaming: “Buy my book, dagnabbit!”

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by David Neves and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Mortality (A Postal Tale)

I

Leo like Death worked as a 204B (Supervisor-In-Training), back
when I was pitching mail and trying to change the Postal World.
The veins in his forehead and neck could be seen from
Staten Island and resembled a detailed road map of the
stretch from Harrison to East Aurora NY, up Buffalo way.
Leo Like Death made an extra $6.38 an hour as a 204B,
so that he could have more, so that he could live faster
and therefore die sooner! If that weren’t enough, he
had just gotten married to his mail order bride from
an Asian Island Nation, who evidently had an uncanny sense
of timing and knew just when to return to the television
after the commercials and also knew when to sneak back
into the house after making extra money on her secret
part-time job.

II

Leo Like Death-the color of a boil getting lanced;
but Mrs Mail Order doesn’t care as she treats her puss
colored prince like an incontinent cash machine with a
terminal illness, apparently waiting for Leo to do what
comes naturally; to my knowledge, she has never bought
him any green bananas. Leo Like Death is in the process
of violating Article 13 of the Collective Bargaining
Agreement by working feverishly on Junk Mail (but you’re
not supposed to call it that), and therefore depriving a
Bargaining unit, non supervisory worker of a gainful
employment opportunity so that Leo the 204B, could make
himself and his bosses look good. I would have done
the Step 1 grievance but was unable to obtain any time off
of the workroom floor in order to do my Shop Steward duties.

III.

It did not matter however, as the grievance was resolved
when the daytime Shop Steward found Lifeless Leo headfirst
in a sack at the Bulk Mail Rack; he damn near got
dispatched to the DVD facility with the daily BBM
(Big Bowel Movement?), third class mail. As I ponder my
own mortality from the leprosy colored Lifeless Leo,
(after he did what comes naturally), who taught me
life’s three greatest lessons;

1 GET YOURSELF A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE (preferably from
an unpronouncable country) PRONTO!

2. DON’T EVER VIOLATE THE CBA SINCE GOD IS OBVIOUSLY
A HIGH RANKING UNION OFFICIAL;

3. DON’T BUY ANY GREEN BANANAS!
Leo did what comes naturally…RIP.