LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHICKENS

As dusty as the mind of this viejo, hermana poeta?
The dust is there, siempre, so the learned chickens
could limn the ordinariness of their lives on soil
that has been fertilized by the manure of humans
who write in garbled language adorned by commas
and semi-colons as if their thoughts mattered here.
Some call it verbal diarrhea, I call its constipation.
A condition where the mind is no longer there.

—Albert B. Casuga
07-09-12