PoetryIssue 20 | May 2014

Two poems by Gary Maggio

Torremolinos Parade

Young men on horses
shuffle into line behind carts
shackled to oxen
whose tails chasing heat-flies
sway with the aunts and girl-cousins
dabbing their lacquered hair
and their glacé faces
who move as if to dance
dismissing with their fans
townsmen who whistle and leer
while the pounding parade begins
on a year’s worth of dust
drums on each moaning cart-bed
played by wild boys
suckling flagons of wine
or tangoing with their abuelas
kitchen slaves and fishwives
riding the tide up the callalateral
behind the wooden Mary
tottering on her cart
diamonds in her tiara
sapphires on her brown pocked brow
while a blue-dressed little virgin
waiting her turn swirls her black fan
coquetting with a rise of crinoline
the dark mustachioed uncles
whose white-brimmed hats shine up
off her new patent leather shoes

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About the author

Born in Brooklyn, Gary Maggio has resided and written in Albany, NY for thirty-five years. He spends his days as a standardized patient, acting and teaching for medical students, and writes memory pieces, occasionally of stays in Spain and France. Now and then his pastels pass muster and are part of juried exhibits and art shows.

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