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Sunday, January 11, 2015


by Alejandro Escudé

Cyprien @MonsieurDream

I draw 
a cartoon of a god.

The god encircled 
by wolves.

The wolves 
with the faces of politicians.

I am a politician
sitting at my desk.

I hold my gonads 
tight under it,

here comes the myrrh, 
here comes
the frankincense. 

Where to draw the line?

I keep it simple 
and I fry. I make 
it complicated 
and I am incarcerated. 

Where to draw the line?

I said what I said. 
I’d say it atop 
the Eiffel Tower, too. 

I’d scream it  
from within 
the Bridge of Sighs.


Where to draw, 
what to draw,
how to draw it 

fairly, plainly, lovingly.

The blood in my body 
was not ink.

Alejandro Escudé published his first full-length collection of poems, My Earthbound Eye, in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches high school English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.