David Jalajel

community support for local talent,
whether you endorse or promulgate
recycling through the truths of the first month’s
functionality, i.e. that trait
born of sustainability, most often
in terms you’re noted to substantiate
as trivial, the traffic sounds encroaching
on, what’s to say, of course it’s best you state
while coming out, at conferences, with healthy
potential side effects on city rates
that you’re so sorry, you were just projecting
onto these present motions, to instigate
inquiries into what’s gone on too long:
obeisance to a rare, empowered spate
of coalitions, all most costly, mean
spectacles, constrained to tolerate
sunning of flesh, but to keep members less
mindful of urging ways to obviate
others, cross the county, making your
pensioners, unseemly, intimate
that you will still be governed by these genial
officials, waiting to ingratiate
the galleries of scampered allegations
levied at your televised debate
on principled curtailments, ensuring old
solicitors which streets you’ll demarcate
for gratis acts, so they won’t feel obliged
to haul in your protected quirks of fate


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.