Rupert Wondolowski

A Shoebox Versus a Church Versus a Swimming Pool

Shadows dump the
voices of frustrated
pay phone calls into
the shoebox, along with
an unimpeded box car
moustache that once
rode above lips tossed
with indigestion.

The church is filled
with hushed marching and
a brocaded cushion
feels boundless yearning
for the swinging
incense cannister.

A swimming pool can
be baptismal, so
blue and rippling and topped
with shifting light
triangles, but it can
also be a fondue
bowl of greasy bodies
doing things that
humans do in what
some may call their
mortal weakness.

For the disgruntled
onlookers things are
at a maddening crawl
as they yell for
blue suede shoes
reflected in Cadillac
chrome, Germanic angels
lifted from Deutsche
Grammophon covers
aloft in trees,
roaring stadiums or
at least wrinkle free collars.

There is a slow
closeup pan on
a heavily veined hand
lifting a photo of
Uncle Divshek from
the still crisp shoebox,
its corners not yet
blunted or kicked around,
which indicates that
there might still be
hope, that someone has
bought new sneakers
or wingtips for
a fresh school year
or job interview.

After surviving the
Battle of Bastogne
Uncle Divshek refused
to fly unless the
pop band The Beatles
were also on
the plane, reasoning that
no god would take
them down while they
were so beloved.
Which is not saying much
for Buddy Holly or Patsy Cline.

In this photo
Uncle Divshek has his
arm around his
parish priest by
the side of the
neighborhood pool.
A few days after
it was taken
two altar boys were
found floating dead
on the pool's surface
and Ringo Starr
was killed in a hunting
accident by the
Vice President of
the United States.

Rupert Wondolowski's work has recently been published in The i.e. Series Reader, Lamination Colony, Mud Luscious Stamp Stories and will be nestled close by that of Gertrude Stein in the upcoming anthology City Sages: Baltimore. Despite the prohibitive size of his head, it can be seen in the new film "60 Writers/60 Places" by Michael Kimball and Luca DiPierro. He edits Shattered Wig Press and its catalog and his splattered heart thoughts blogged can be found at:

1 comment:

  1. Excellent poem! It's a look at a sad alternate reality. I invite Rupert to visit my world. In my reality, Bob Dylan joined the Beatles in the summer of 1966. The new group was called Bob and the Beets - they toured recklessly and sang anthems of such magnificent power and intricate lyricism that the planet was changed utterly. Now there is no more crime, no more violence, and no more war. Every single person is a bass player or a poet or both. Bob and the Beets don't tour like they used to - there is no need, it's a new planet - but once in a while they play in a smoky out-of-the-way dive - a private celebration for their demons, now old and sleepy. Oh, them shadows have heard tales and sometimes they talk.