David Jalajel

your many signs, many cheers, won’t help us forget
how your fully revved-up, out-o’-the-valley arrival
where tree trunks are spindled & listless leaves close,
screams right through this trap of a tourist revival
for certainly, halting up where the hawks hunger,
your hand grinds against a gear’s murky reprisal
without defying the creekbed’s irreverent shrugoff,
the shapeless buds wan in the exhaust’s cold denial
i’ll not say you won’t leave old grudges begotten
in trees baring roots, but your engine’s gone idle


DAVID JALAJEL is the author of Moon Ghazals (Beard of Bees Press, 2009), a full length poem in Sapphic stanzas entitled Cthulhu on Lesbos (Ahadada Books, 2011), and a chapbook in Dan Waber’s This is Visual Poetry series (2013). His work has appeared in a number of online and print journals, including Otoliths, Shampoo, experiential-experimental-literature, Recursive Angel, and The New Post-Literate. Poems in the “qasida” series have appeared in past issues of The Ghazal Page as well as in Anti-, Lynx, and Mizna.