ISSUE 5 · FALL 2010




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Joseph A. W. Quintela





: sign language :

JOSEPH A. W. QUINTELA



solitude - 1: the state of being or living alone; seclusion 2: remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity 3: a lonely unfrequented place.


: and then We are here : traipsing through the stanza like a pair of wayward gazelle : reveling in the unkempt grass : dry prairie stretched like sprouted saran wrap to the edge of our perception : when suddenly : without warning : it comes to a sharp : though not yet unpleasant halt : let us pause : for a statuesque assessment of intention : and a hint of pregnant breeze : cool as a radioactive cucumber upon the tip of each filament raised in terrified salute : gaze : the unforgiving lasso of two concordant eyes : so that now : as two hands flash across the landscape : we have become urbanely uttered interlopers in an otherwise pastoral scene : the careless hands that lure : a huntress to the page :


: and then We are there : rapt gaze on the fallen : the wrenching juxtaposition of her softly bleating mate : let us join in mourning : though it is but brief repose : as two hands reach into the weed-draped sky and with a twist unleash a torrent : to wash away the crimson ink :


solitude - 4: the widow drowning in a skirmish between rain and lightning on this tinderbox of plain.