When you went to the ancient, stone 7-Eleven at Delphi,
did you fly there or walk? Did golden balloons go up to fête your visit?
Did you rise out of your four-poster grape leaf from a dream,
slap down the alarm, yawn, and wake up hungry for Cool Ranch or what?
I imagine you, oh god of poetry and disease and messengering,
sliding into your Camaro or hopping on your Honda scooter
to descend, flying down noisy, busy Theology Boulevard at noon;
I wonder what kind of Doritos, Apollo, it was that you liked;
did you go for the quick ninety-nine cent bag with a large Slurpee
or did you maybe skip the convenience store and float instead
all the way to the ACME on Homer Avenue for tomatoes
and sharp cheddar cheese and a family-size bag of Spicy Nacho?
Oh, Apollo, you God-damned God, you gave us all flutes
and blessed morning light and hepatitis and the Olympics,
can’t you at least tell me if you liked the Salsa Verde flavor,
or did you like the Locos Tacos, and did you eat them on a discus?
If it means that I must die by your hand to be given to know you,
gladly will I run to see my own soul flying away from my body
but only tell me please, this, sir, and then give me a long, platonic kiss:
tell me, was it the Tapatío, or did you crave the Chile Limón?
Rich resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has published four chapbooks of poetry and once hosted a poetry slam series in Newark, Delaware. Since moving to Albuquerque in 2008, Rich has performed all over the Duke City, served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee, and is currently a member of the 2014 Albuquerque City Slam Team. His poems have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Apeiron Review, The Broadkill Review, Menacing Hedge and The Legendary, among others, and he has work forthcoming in the Write Bloody Publishing anthology MultiVerse, due out in the fall of 2014.
Many thanks Rich Boucher for your support of the Ditchrider's "Sunday Poem." And congratulations on your being on the 2014 Albuquerque City Slam Team.
Don McIver's poem "City Life" is the real thing, the real buzz about down-home living in Albuquerque. It's this week's poem at the New Mexico Mercury.
Crucial coverage of her trip to Cuba is in Margaret Randall's "Friday Voyage: Cuba Part 2" not to be missed by anyone alert, alive and aware. Margaret, along with Michael Ford, are the featured readers this Wednesday the 14th of May starting at 7 PM at the famous Range Cafe in Bernalillo, New Mexico. I'll be there. Come join Bill Nevins and the rest of us poets & listeners! You couldn't ask for anything better.
Congratulations Jessica Helen Lopez for being Albuquerque's Poet Laureate!
Send poems to firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks! Larry Goodell.