Poetry: “St. Mary’s Park Villanelle” by David Maduli

on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves
Spie One engraves each block by hand
spraycan sighs unwrap walls

years short moments tall
hearts compress curb cracks expand
on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves

Lolo’s ghost cane drags hardwood halls
avocado cones drip down homeland
spraycan sighs unwrap walls

garden breathes Grandma waters all
her house leaks stories hourglass spits sand
on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves

truth crystallizes youth dissolves
living room rug nudge mother’s cold hand
spraycan sighs unwrap walls

wishes big inside boy small
coroner van takes Mom leaves man
on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves
spraycan’s sigh unwraps walls

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David S. Maduli is a lifelong writer, a veteran public school teacher, an active working deejay and a recent father. A San Francisco native based in Oakland, he is a VONA alumnus and has been published in Cipactli, Maganda and Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks toward Liberatory Practice.

Poetry: “St. Mary’s Park Villanelle” by David Maduli

on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves
Spie One engraves each block by hand
spraycan sighs unwrap walls

years short moments tall
hearts compress curb cracks expand
on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves

Lolo’s ghost cane drags hardwood halls
avocado cones drip down homeland
spraycan sighs unwrap walls

garden breathes Grandma waters all
her house leaks stories hourglass spits sand
on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves

truth crystallizes youth dissolves
living room rug nudge mother’s cold hand
spraycan sighs unwrap walls

wishes big inside boy small
coroner van takes Mom leaves man
on a Mission the swift sunstone revolves
spraycan’s sigh unwraps walls

—-

David S. Maduli is a lifelong writer, a veteran public school teacher, an active working deejay and a recent father. A San Francisco native based in Oakland, he is a VONA alumnus and has been published in Cipactli, Maganda and Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks toward Liberatory Practice.

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