new mantra celebrate the poetry of darkness in voices of those taken by the uniformed knees on dirty main streets their last words igniting the fires of denied justice each flame a torch to spotlight the prejudice a fuse to explode the myth of freedom until the screams liberate up from darkened alleyways become one breath in the common tongue speak loudly to truth and power the "immortal declaration", river song it was a river that restored it was a river of destruction it took those without hope it refreshed those who thirsted from its shores rose messiahs gathering strays to its flow feeding their hunger in its swells and waves sounding like the voices of angels promising paradise in its depths bar dogs when she walked into the room the air became electric with her scent a temptress marked by every eye turning men into rabid barbrawl dogs as she smiled her worked at attitude those few unaffected new her look but do not touch reality a gin joint siren leaving in her wake whisky sweating blue balled lotharios drowning in their beer soaked dreams of lust, in heat and losing control Sunday highway give me a Sunday highway when mom's and pops are in some church praying or busy in suburban backyards bbqs when the wolves are cruising beach parking lots or downtown streets when favourite sons are posing at tennis courts and highend malls it's then that I let the beast run free no one on that road to stop me no cherry top or black and white no camouflaged radar trap just the highway straight away waiting for my restored Chevy ss 454 to embrace it's shimmering blacktop skin in a burning vulcanized rubber kiss as the velocity in heat takes hold my foot on the accelerator a hand on the wheel a hand on the shifter the gears meshing smoothly in their ecstatic burst of speed and freedom the tell tale marks of my muscle machine's love bite upon it,the only evidence of their Sunday tryst.
Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. drawing from his profession and his Sicilian Canadian background, he is an internationally award winning and published poet. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, The Wild Word, The Chamber Magazine, Lothlorian Poetry Journal, Subterranean Blue and in The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, and appears in many anthologies including Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Canadian Italians at Table, Witness from Serengeti Press and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, and Philadelphia Poets. He has several books of poetry published— The Cancer Chronicles, The Ghosts of Water Street, an e-book, Sunsets in Black and White, and his latest, The Beach, The Street and Everything in between.