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By W. S. Di Piero

Use me

Abuse me

          Turn wheels of fire

          on manhole hotheads

Sing me

Sour me

          Secrete dark matter’s sheen

          on our smarting skin

Rise and shine

In puddle shallows

          under every Meryl Cheryl Caleb Syd

          somnambulists and sleepyheads

Wake us

Speak to us

          Bless what you’ve nurtured in your pits

          the rats voles roaches and all outlivers

          of your obscene ethic and politics

Crawl on us

Fall on us

          you elevations that break and vein

          down to sulfuric fiber-optic wrecks

            through drill-bit dirt to bedrock

Beat our brows

Flee our sorrows

          Sleep tight with your ultraviolets

          righteous mica and drainage seeps

                               your gorgeous color-chart container ships

                               and cab-top numbers squinting in the mist

Source: Poetry (June 2009)

  • Social Commentaries

Poet Bio

W. S. Di Piero
W. S. Di Piero was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and his master’s degree from San Francisco State College. He has also had a long teaching career at such universities as Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University, where he still teaches. Di Piero was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. He often writes about growing up in his neighborhood of South Philadelphia, and the Italian-American working class families who largely populated the area. See More By This Poet

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Trying to find my roost   
one lidded, late afternoon,   
the consolation of color   
worked up like neediness,   
like craving chocolate,   
I’m at Art Institute favorites:   
Velasquez’s “Servant,”   
her bashful attention fixed   
to place things just right,   
Beckmann’s “Self-Portrait,”   
whose fishy fingers seem   
never to do a day’s work,   
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