AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

a voice from out of the blue or
I may have made this up [again]

1
the earth quaked
yesterday in the Bay Area
as manatees and sea turtles huddled
in the southeast as never before seen
cold, chilling as tundras
beginning their descent
into meltwater jettisons,
seized a tropical paradise

and what of the great MisiZiibi
will it die along with most of its fish?

a voice from out of the blue...

but that’s all
blim blam flim flam
oh Ms. hoity-toity
you can't believe
anything you hear
about anything
to do with weather
or anything about
anything at all
for that matter

2
boy looks up at the ball ring
while rulers stare down
from the stands
he's watching them
watching him
the game
he bumps with purpled hips
as he slips and shifts the ball
his destiny
the crowd prays loudly
for the winners and losers
thinking of that saying about
how losing you win
here winning, you lose too

3
flamboyant tree
seeding the wind sounds
roots the sticky threads
that bind us
chipped or stained
or waylaid
imperfectly perfect those
mistakes right themselves
in the river of spirit lines
old gardens look better from afar
their newly fallen pods percolate
with promise of new life
there are so many hues
from brown the color
of roasted coffee beans
to terracotta the copper
color of your skin

4
we refuse to be ant food
we rattle and shake
make the sign
of protection
of the four directions
imbed it skin deep
while thinking
O Anthros
O linguistic mystics
you still trying to decipher
the wind?

relinchan pero
siempre son cerebros
hinchados, la mayoría
malcriados

pay with a coin toss
from the 1960's
it's just hitting
ground now
came
spiraling
down
from
the
Himalayas
just hours ago.

Odilia Galván Rodríguez

Odilia Galván Rodríguez is an eco-poet/activist, writer, and author of five volumes of poetry. She’s worked as an editor for various magazines, most recently at Tricontinental Magazine in Havana, Cuba. She facilitates creative writing workshops through Red Earth Productions nationally and co-founded Poets Responding to SB 1070.