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Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, untitled


05.26.10 Posted in Contributor Series 5, today's words by

Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae
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By Manny Beltran

A flash of light stole the street
A swift blow mumbled the night
Spit found its new home … 
on my cheek
on my nose
on my lips

The sirens sang a repetitive song
Deep within my unconscious ocean …
“Faggot!”
“Faggot!”
“Faggot!”

A calculated kick took my breath
And left me unable to react as a man
The patrons of life continued on …
Unconcerned about my state
Unconcerned about my life
Unconcerned about my truth

There was no Jesus to save me
In a moment of solitude I was broken … 
Scarred and broken
Scared and ashamed
Scared and dead


Manny Beltran’s poetry appeared at vox poetica in 2009 and 2010. 
His most recent work, Promise, appeared in February 2010.



4 Responses to “Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, untitled”

  1. Fantastic work, Manny!

    “A calculated kick took my breath
    And left me unable to react as a man”

    Damn. You know when some lines make it difficult for the reader to breath?

  2. bobbie troy says:

    Yikes. Very powerful.

  3. Sarah says:

    SO powerful!

  4. Wow! Such passion.

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