Gallery Call

Please show me your body, I mean your body of work,
collecting some pieces you’ve painted, etched, drawn,
whatever you’ve done in your life that may lurk
in closeted boxes, forgotten, nearly gone,
or works you’ve shared around the world or shown
to handfuls of people, or possibly a pet,
pieces through which you may be partly known,
by even someone whom you’ve never met.
Please show me your body of work as gallery,
curated, assembled, like cells in a body of flesh,
your works that enrich, or nourish, or free,
or do whatever in a way that’s fresh.
Please show me your body of work, and I will stare
in thankful wonder regarding your body you share.

Mario A. Pita

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People Labels

Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jew,
all labels peel off since there’s more to you.
You’re labelled by your ancestry or hue,
but labels peel off since there’s more to you.
You’re labelled by your wealth or job you do,
but labels peel off since there’s more to you.
You’re labelled by your sex and preference too,
but labels peel off since there’s more to you.
You’re labelled sharply by your point of view,
but labels peel off since there’s more to you.
Some labels look appealing when brand new,
but labels peel off since there’s more to you.
You’re branded as if by a skin tattoo,
but labels peel off since there’s more to you.

Divisiveness and hatred which are sick
have come from making people labels stick.
This harmful, awful illness will be through
when we repeal all labels for what’s true…

You’re someone yet nobody can say who.
All labels peel off since there’s more to you.

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Mario A. Pita

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Dear Arlington

You’re not the famous one where soldiers are
interred, and honored on a holiday,
but you’re my home and in my eyes a star,
the place I raised my daughter and she’d play…

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in charming playgrounds by the biking trail,
surrounded by a wealth of greenery,
where I have gone through joy and through travail
amidst your gorgeousness of scenery.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
a nest, a gem, of happiness pursuit.

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I’ve strolled through nearly every street of yours
and crystallized your beauty in a frame,
like tourists do with cameras on tours
of cities of world stature and great fame.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
with photographs, instead of guns, to shoot.

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I’ve loved your gardens and your blooms in pots,
although to me most planters are unknown,
their varied stories with their twists of plots,
their lives like mine or different from my own.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
where flower fashions top the finest suit.

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While often with my struggles I have wrestled,
I’ve loved to stroll your lovely tree-lined roads,
and seeing homes in little forests nestled
has lightened with some loveliness life’s loads.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
of harmony with nature we pollute.

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The library that’s in your center has
for years been like a second home to me,
so full of treasures I could rarely pass
without a visit or a peek to see.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
where they can borrow treasures, free of loot.

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As nowhere in the world is perfect, you
aren’t perfect—seeming priced for king or queen:
compared to pay for most jobs people do,
your rent and cost of living are obscene.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
without a fear of ending destitute.

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With everything that’s needed close at hand,
you’re haven of convenience, peace, and ease,
here where supply most often meets demand,
unlike some places, near or overseas.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
where no one falls and lacks a parachute.

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Although you’re full of nature, you aren’t far
from Boston, dubbed hub of the universe,
by bus and train, or bicycle, or car,
without a zillion miles to traverse.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
without exhaust-filled hours to commute.

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Although your school’s excel, they sorely lack
diversity my daughter much preferred,
with few from other countries, brown or black,
a melting pot of different colors stirred.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
where people of all colors bear much fruit.

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Your houses are of multicolored hues,
from lavenders and yellows, greens, and pink,
greys, and reds, and varied shades of blues,
with sky, and blooms, and foliage in sync.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
where colors range from loud to soft to mute.

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I’ve stared at architecture mixed with verdure
while strolling by your houses’ flights of stairs
and felt its ordered stillness reassure
in times of frequent escalating scares.

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May all have such a dear hometowns to take root,
that soothe through troubles, chronic and acute.

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Of nearly fifty thousand residents,
I’m well acquainted only with a few,
a minuscule point zero…..one percent
and wish that there were more of them I knew.

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May all have such dear hometowns to take root,
of people value no one can compute.

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Because you’re beautiful beyond dispute,
May all have such dear hometowns to take root….

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An online album of photographs of Arlington is available here.

A booklet with the “Dear Arlington” text and more photos is available here

Mario A. Pita

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Child of Exiles

In nineteen sixty-three, when I was born,
my parents had just recently been torn
from Cuba which had been their lifelong world
till its descent to tyranny had hurled
vast numbers of the people of that isle
toward a permanent and far exile.
But though my birth occurred in sixty-three
in what’s been called the land of brave and free,
my sister’s birth had been in sixty-two,
and shortly afterward, my parents—who
as Catholics had avoided contraception—
were taken by surprise by my conception.
My mom and dad were poor, but life had worth,
so on the heels of my big sister’s birth,
that which would be me unfurled un-thwarted,
since they believed no one should be aborted.
To this I owe the fact that I’m alive,
plus that my dad possessed a hardy drive.
My parents, while they were impoverished,
had one more child than they would have wished.
Already with two girls to bring them joy,
they got what then they lacked, with me, a boy.
Their friends donated blood to pay a fee
although the doctor’s services were free,
and I am thankful to them to this day
who paid for me with blood they gave away.


Although we started out as poor as dirt,
each with not much more than pants and shirt,
the country welcomed many refugees
from man-induced disasters overseas
and helped my family get on its feet
till we ourselves could work to make ends meet,
returning many times the help we got,
still who we were, yet in a melting pot.
Years later, when I’d long since passed the age
my parents were back in that youthful stage,
I’d see as people who had been exiled
from homelands full of violence were reviled,
and parents even were torn from their kids
while seas arose from underneath eyelids.
I know, despite a life of ample ease,
in some way we will all be refugees,
exiled from our youth, or homes, or health,
or happiness, or way of life, or wealth,
and so I hope that all who flee some hell
are met with open arms and offered help
as were my parents when they were exiled
not long before I had become their child.

My memories of when my life was new
are almost nonexistent. Though they’re few,
my mom has told of funny things I did
or said when I was freshly hatched as kid,
so, like a journalist who writes in rhymes,
I can report of those amusing times.
Old photographs have told some stories too
about the life I led and things I’d do.
When memories have slipped from my mind’s clutch,
I’ve leaned on them—a photographic crutch.
One funny tale my family would tell,
of when my sister caused a mess and smell,
is of me singing that I’d change her diaper
and clean the mess as jolly little wiper,
but when they gave me what I’d need for that,
for cleaning up where my sister had shat,
I’d sing a jingle that I couldn’t now,
because I didn’t—luckily—know how.
Another funny tale that I was told,
of how as little kid I had been bold,
was of a time a visitor came by
while I was talkative and not yet shy,
a pretty woman whom my parents knew,
whom I conversed with when my life was new,
by whom its possible that I was carried.
I said, “You didn’t tell me you were married!”
When I found out, I seemed offended,
as if she led me on and had befriended
the guy I was who wished to be her spouse
though I was not much bigger than a mouse.

I grew up with two sisters who were older,
and unlike me, the most shy, they were bolder.
Maria, eldest brought to childhood
imaginative fun: she often would
make up some stuff for us three kids to do
and others times we wrote a lot or drew.
At her direction, we’d perform some plays
like Sleeping Beauty, me as prince who slays
the villain, and then goes to plant a kiss
on the sleeping princess’ lips. I’d miss
the chance to do this, though the princess was
a girl I had a crush on years, because
I lacked the nerve although the play was granting
a perfect opportunity for planting.
Instead, I missed her lips as my knees buckled
and kissed her cheek while watching parents chuckled.
As prince in Cinderella, I would put
a boot that didn’t fit on her wrong foot.
I still recall as funny she’d react
with some annoyance, not part of the act.
In looking back I’m glad I was employed
in roles the grownups of the home enjoyed
in what for me became the first taste of
the acting classes I would later love.
Maria held a family election
in which adults would vote for their selection
for President of our home, and I won,
I think as in my speech I was the one
who spoke of arguments that wouldn’t cease
and promised in the house there would be peace.
Some games of ours would spin off from the shows
we saw on television. Out in snows
or warmer times outside or else indoors,
we played as spies. Imagination soars
in playing just for fun as though a kid.
Grownup, I’d like to play more than I did.

Sometime around the ripe age of eleven,
before obsessions as of hell and heaven,
I dropped out of a game that we were playing
with neighbor children friends, involving slaying
each other with imaginary gun,
though acting like we had got shot was fun.
But since I felt that guns were wrong and bad,
I quit the game as scrupulous small lad.
No fan of school, I’d watch at night the snow,
grow deeper, hoping I’d not have to go,
because it had been cancelled by a swarm
of flakes. I’d hope it wouldn’t warm,
so flakes would not fall uselessly like rain,
not piling in my yard, outside my pane.
But unlike other kids who liked to play,
in clean snow freshly fallen where it lay,
I liked to see it in its pristine state,
untrampled, unmuddied, and I grew irate
if neighbor kids disturbed what was pristine.
Now looking back that feels bizarre and mean
or like a sign of trouble that would hit
when I wished to remain pristine like it.
I didn’t want to see the fresh snow marred
and monitored from windows like a guard.
Although I played in it as photos show,
I still recall my wish for pristine snow.

Blizzard Serenity

When I had reached the ripe old age of ten,
my mom, who had become a poet then,
advised me on a day that I was bored
that days that would be empty could be poured
in projects that would make them meaning-full,
counteracting any boredom’s pull.
My mom’s advice left more than just a mark
and altered life ahead as it would spark
a way of seeing days as being meant
to work on things so they would be well spent.
The speech she gave me didn’t specify
which projects would be meaningful, but I
then wished to be a surgeon of the brain,
so I decided I’d begin to train
and researched for a book I wrote about
the brain, with drawings helping figure out
its different parts and what they each could do
and built a plastic model of it too.
My interest broadened from the brain to other
organs after that speech by my mother.

And soon I built a model of an ear,
a model of a person that was clear,
so you could see inside each painted part,
like sandwiched by cross-section lungs, the heart.
My surgeon dream expired quickly, though,
when I had tummy pain and had to go
to see a doctor and the sight of blood
awoke me from that dream as with a thud.
At that office, it soon dawned on me,
a surgeon wasn’t what I wished to be.
The pain turned out to be a thing I ate.
I wished to leave there at a rapid rate.
Another dream took quickly that one’s place.
I wished to travel far: to outer space.
The plastic models of anatomy
gave way to many spaceships made by me,
not just from kits but ones that I designed
to make from paper, toothpicks, things I’d find.
The cardboard of a toilet paper roll
became a rocket stage that I’d control
with strings in short effects films I would shoot.
I aimed to wear an astronaut space suit
and spent my weekends and my long vacations
in making things like rockets and space stations
from paper towel rolls I’d wrap and glue
and hang inside my room as if they flew.
And science fiction mixed with science fact
in models that I measured with exact
precision for proportions true to life
with parts I’d cut with my exacto knife,
from paper, cardboard, toothpicks, balsa wood.
At first I made some messes but got good.
I kept on writing, but my subject switched
to space exploring, where my dreams were hitched.
Each month I wrote reports of what I’d done
as though it were important, not just fun.

Teen Room

It seems now that I lived in my own bubble,
quite possibly since outside there was trouble
as I was shy, and where we lived there were
a lot of kids from which I would endure
some bullying in part, I think, because
of being Cuban, when Virginia was,
where we grew up, a place that seemed to lack
diversity, few people brown or black,
or immigrants of different mother tongue
(Spanish was my language when most young).
But though I never stuck up for myself
and acted life a scared, defenseless elf,
there were some times that stick in memory
that others stood up for themselves and me.
Once, when we tried sledding on a hill,
we had to swallow constantly the pill
of being called mean names where we were at
(the one that sticks in mind is “Cuban Rat”),
and while we tried to sled we’d have to dodge
an unrelenting, thrown snowball barrage.
But then my eldest sister gave a speech,
delivered very loudly, that would teach,
the kids a lesson, so they didn’t dare
hurl any balls or mean names in the air.
Another time, my buddy Greg and I
were walking, and a short and bigger guy
came up from close behind to beat us up,
but thanks to Greg they drank a bitter cup
of being thwarted in their foul plan.
Knowing how to fight defines a man
at least according to some culture norms,
but fights, like us, take many different forms,
and, sometimes, maybe better than a fist,
is fighting as did Gandhi, pacifist.
Ironically, the bullies that were beaten
made up the lie that Greg and I had eaten
defeat, rewriting history to fool
the kids who went to Layton Hall, our school.

We dug up history from in a field
behind the school. Its dirt would often yield
a relic from the civil war. We’d pull it
from its dirt grave and find it was a bullet.
Across the street, we didn’t need to dig
to find a wartime relic that was big:
a plane that had been used in World War II
had been consigned not only for our view,
not only for a history display,
but as a place where kids like me could play.
Its cockpit had two seats, in front and back,
and we’d play that we fought off some attack.
The artifact of battle for a nation
became a haven of imagination.
Unlike a toy, the plane wreaked of its past,
and in its cockpit we could have a blast,
but not the kind of blast its pilots faced;
the blast of fun that hasn’t been erased
from memory though many wars again
have come and gone or stayed and stayed since then.
My buddy, Greg, loved building war machines,
like plastic model planes. As kids and teens,
we each collected, building tons of kits,
although we liked much different ones as kids,
as even then I was averse to war,
preferring things like spaceships that would soar
to space for exploration, like Apollo,
a path I hoped that one day I would follow.
We’d often have sleepovers I recall
as being lots of fun: we wouldn’t fall
asleep, but sneak around the house instead,
and race back, if we heard a noise, to bed.
We’d go on secret missions where we’d raid
the fridge like spies in danger, unafraid.
Such fun would often last the night and seep
into the day that followed, with no sleep.
Following one night, imagination
helped us to play suspended animation,
so we could sleep imagining we were
in frozen state till reaching Jupiter.

My love life didn’t start till as adult,
I launched to it as from a catapult.
With one exception; in the first grade, I
recall myself as small romantic guy,
as I remember on the phone I’d cry
while saying to my ‘girl friend’, Lisa, “bye,”
because I would be leaving for a year
to Venezuela, after shedding tears.
From then, for decades, love was from afar,
though from nearby, not like a distant star,
remotely scintillating in the sky.
Discretely, from the corner of my eye,
I’d look at Leslie, in my fourth grade class,
but with no word from me the year would pass.
In Venezuela, during second grade,
I had a crush on one whom with I played
because our families were friends, so I
could have some fun before the year went by,
and when it did, like all do, in a rush,
for years I had on her from far a crush.

When first I went to school, I snuck back home,
as kids back then were freer and could roam
the neighborhood when they were done with napping
without parental worry of kidnapping.
The memory of school I think is first
is probably among school memories the worst.
My throat would tighten with the urge to cry,
but I’d suppress, so my cheeks would stay dry.
Besides that sneaking out of kindergarten,
throughout the schooling through which I would smarten,
I was considered well behaved and quiet,
except for one class where I was a riot
of misbehavior, so that I was sent
down to the principal’s office to repent.
The class was after school, called CCD,
where Catholic doctrines first were drilled in me.
I don’t know why it’s there that I rebelled,
as it was long before I’d feel repelled
by doctrines as of endless hell that’s burned
in countless damaged minds where it’s been learned.

In Eighth grade, I attended Catholic school.
Till then, my grades had been those of a fool,
or someone with no interest in their classes,
unlike smart kids seen sometimes wearing glasses.
From that year on, I strived to get straight A’s,
as though my mind before were in a haze
in which I couldn’t see the mountain peaks
of A’s that every driven student seeks.
My interest in my classes had been none.
In classes, though, taught often by a nun,
my interest in my classes rarely strayed
so far that it would cause a drop in grade.
But anything with exercise or sports,
with sweating, showering, and wearing shorts
was something that I’d totally detest,
preferring some hard pop quiz or a test.
One memory that still I find amusing
is one of softball in which I’d be using
the far outfield, my customary place,
as though I were a galaxy in space
that drifted slowly off as space expanded.
By Phys. Ed teachers I was reprimanded.
Though Phys. Ed wasn’t ever to my liking,
I did enjoy as kid a lot of biking,
though libraries were often where I went
with all the muscle power that I spent.
The classes that I wished I could escape
taught how to get in and to stay in shape;
taught what back in my kid days didn’t seem
of much importance—being in a team
that played for fun but also for their score,
exerting to the point of getting sore.
Those things I’d learn in later life, although,
it would have been, back then, great good to know.

Maria liked ghost stories for a spell,
and I’d be spooked by eerie ones she’d tell,
and I who got involved with things she did
was in her club for watching ghosts as kid.
At home, I wasn’t shy. I wouldn’t muzzle
my mouth and not speak up, but made a puzzle
on many late nights in a terror of
the ghostly stories that she used to love.
A memory I taste as bittersweet
was when our family would sit to eat,
the seven of us at a table so
us three kids sat together in a row.
Our grandparents would sit across from us
and sometimes us kids made a jolly fuss,
and dad got mad and told us to be quiet,
but we would laugh as though it were a riot.
Between my sisters, I would try to stifle
a giggle that shot out as from a rifle.
Although my father’s temper then was scary,
to me, his funny laugh was legendary,
the way it rolled like hills from lows to highs,
not little giggles but whole-hearted size.
I shared a room with my two sisters till
my parents had one built for me, I’d fill
with astronauts and other things of space
while time elapsed at its prodigious pace.
An early memory of Lourdes, with whom,
when I was little, I had shared a room,
was her annoyance at my snoring: she
slept on the bed beside where I would be
and hollered “Stop your breathing!” and would toss
a slipper at me like she was the boss.
That memory is funny now, because
she’s been the opposite of how she was
through times I’ve felt close to the brink of death,
by telling me to focus on my breath
to help restore a health-instilling calm
when mental health exploded like a bomb.
In childhood, us two were opposites:
while I would build at home my model kits,
uninterested in sports and awfully shy,
she swam in teams, a social butterfly,
always out with friends, or in a sport,
and forming interests of a different sort:
in music she’d pursue through life ahead,
and I would follow this where she had led.

We had a pure-bred dog with pedigree,
Sir Winston Ashlee who was dear to me,
but if the door were open he would flee,
returning later after freedom’s taste,
apparently for fun of being chased.
My dad gave him away so that one dawn
I woke to find my canine friend was gone.
He’d killed a blind cat and a rabbit too,
but still the dog was special in my view.
Years later, when I had an orange cat
I sometimes followed him outside, so that
he wouldn’t have a chance to kill a bird,
although that may seem silly or absurd,
because I’d grown to love birds I would feed
by filling up a house with some bird seed.
I loved star-gazing, at even Four AM,
and also used my telescope for them.
The passion that a mockingbird displayed
while jumping up and down as he relayed
his song while perching on a pole or wire
enchanted me so much I would aspire
to make sure birds were safe from being hunted
by my cat who was dear to me but wanted
to catch a bird when he could get the chance
to do his silent, deadly, pouncing dance.
One time that I recall as awful trauma
was staying up all night to watch the drama
of one bird he had mauled look toward the sky
and after night-long agony then die.

We took long road trips every summer, and
would stay in Florida by coastal sand,
and in the backseat us three children sang
of bears in tennis shoes as hours brang
a chance for fun although the trip was long,
since we could play games in between each song.
We didn’t have the gadgets of today
that would have entertained us in some way,
but I don’t think that we were often bored
despite the lack of gadgets now adored.
We had each other and imagination,
a fountain then of lots of fun creation.

Abuelo was the peaceful patriarch
who sailed familial conflicts like an ark.
A fan of Chaplin, he had been an actor,
and in my forming years he played a factor,
so I have aimed for his serenity
and humor through my own adversity.
Abuela I recall as filled with pain,
because a twisted back had been the bane
of her existence. I was close to both
my grandparents through childhood’s long growth.

In childhood, I wasn’t close to dad.
Some traumas formed from times when he got mad:
I acted like a robot at age two;
a shrink concluded that’s what I would do
from fear of him: to some world I withdrew.
In later life, my dad was penitent,
supportive, loving. He was excellent.
But to that fear in childhood of him
was added in adulthood one more grim:
of someone in the sky, a father who
may damn me for the things I fail to do,
or do, or say, or feel, or even think,
so it seemed to a hell I’d surely sink.
The fear of dad on Earth or in the sky
perhaps helped me remain withdrawn and shy.
But as my dad grew in his life with love,
there may be nothing to be fearful of,
my view of God evolving as he did
as I’ve become no more a frightened kid.

As child of two exiles, my parents,
to me it’s grown, as I have grown, apparent,
that I’m exiled too, like everyone,
from something like a childhood of fun,
or state of health, or favored circumstance,
or from a time, a home, a lost romance,
from early mornings when we were awoken
to wholeness still when nothing yet was broken.
Although we can’t return to childhood,
I try to keep its aspects that are good:
like wonder, creativity, and plays,
so fun’s lifelong, not just a youngster phase,
retaining though the woes of life have piled
some precious qualities as of a child.
My dad liked making movies with fun plots.
In one, us kids were genies and had lots
of fun with making things or people blink
into the frame or out, in just a wink.
Another one that I recall he made
took place among the forest trees and shade
and was about a boy who’d gotten lost,
concern and separation which that cost.
The boy was me. It had a happy ending
that I recall as if it now were sending
a message from my childhood to tell
that in the end all will be found and well.

Mario A. Pita

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In Memory of Joe Galia

Crossing

For twenty years we worked together, friends,
although we were of vastly different views,
regarding differently the world’s events,
two opposites concerning daily news.

Although our views were often opposite,
we had respect and care for one another,
and different views could never cause a split,
because you were to me as though a brother.

Though we’re divided now that you have died,
your friendship crosses too that great divide.

Divisiveness is all around us now,
the kind that splits up friends and families,
the kind that makes us even wonder how
we’d cross a split as wide as seven seas.

Though we’re divided now that you have died,
your friendship crosses too that great divide.

As we weren’t split by differences of vision,
this memory of friendship now invites
our world that’s suffering from deep division
to cross the difference chasm that divides.

Though we’re divided now that you have died,
your friendship crosses too that great divide.

Aftermath

You generated data I would plot
or put in tables for its clear display,
and while we worked we joked around a lot
which made the labor more akin to play.

And from your data, shown in chart or table,
researchers could read meanings evident
because of expertise that made them able
to figure out what varied numbers meant.

Now that you’ve drunk from suffering’s last cup,
I hope you’re where life makes sense, adding up.

I joked that you should get a Nobel prize
as genius in your field of study, math,
and as what seems like random woes arise,
I wonder where we’re all led on life’s path.

Now that you’ve drunk from suffering’s last cup,
I hope you’re where life makes sense, adding up.

Unlike your data, silent life won’t tell us
through groups of varied numbers we can sum,
though we be geniuses or very zealous,
the meanings of this life or one to come.

Now that you’ve drunk from suffering’s last cup,
I hope you’re where life makes sense, adding up.

In Memory of Joe Galia

Mario A. Pita

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Compassion Sandwiches*

You learned to loathe yourself as worthless wretch,
despicable without a bearded god,
and chased approval like a dog at fetch,
except it was no fun as you were flawed.

You didn’t learn to love yourself but waited
for love to fall from heaven like the rain,
for you, the only person that you hated,
self-flagellating daily in your brain.

Compassion sandwiches make life’s hot spices
palatable between soft warm wholesome slices.

Now when you have to face a thing that’s hard,
a thing that’s happening or to be done,
you needn’t beat yourself until you’re scarred
but make yourself a sandwich on a bun.

Compassion sandwiches make life’s hot spices
palatable between soft warm wholesome slices.

Though God has been depicted with a beard,
you see a different vision free of dread,
a smiling woman never to be feared,
preparing sandwiches on love loaf bread.

Compassion sandwiches make life’s hot spices
palatable between soft warm wholesome slices.

Compassion Sandwich

* A term I heard in a presentation by Kimberly Quinlan

Mario A. Pita

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Refocusing

for Jacinda Ardern

With seven billion people on the planet,
it’s sad that we’re bombarded in the news
with pictures of a politician bandit
who daily seems to get a zillion views.
It’s gotten to the point where I can’t stand it,
and possibly it’s driven some to booze,
yet while we’re flooded with shots of this man, it
helps to focus on the pics we choose.
Like pictures of a woman who has led
in ways that aren’t divisive but that fuse,
uniting, mending awful wounds that bled,
not inflaming, like he has, old feuds.
The world will never change through hocus-pocus
but may the more we learn to change our focus.

Jacinda Ardern photographed for Vogue’s March 2018 issue in which she was hailed
as ‘unabashedly liberal’. Photograph: Derek Henderson/VOGUE

Mario A. Pita

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Musical Colors

The low notes on the piano correspond
to light that’s red—their waves with frequencies
like slow and lengthy ripples on a pond
or intermittent splashes on deep seas.

1_Painistic Interchange

Becoming higher, notes turn as do hues
that change from red to orange like a juice,
enriching color flavors we can choose,
as music can intoxicate like booze.

3_Spectrum Bridge

The waves of higher notes are like the one
that’s of the color yellow, corresponding
to something life-sustaining like the sun,
to which, with all we do, we are responding.

4_Assembling Colors

As notes grow higher, frequencies become
as of the waves of green from plants that grow,
arriving in a rhythm to each drum,
the shorelines of our senses, row on row.

5_Instrumental Colors

As pitches climb, wave undulations form
more like the cyan waves, as of a sky,
at dawn, or dusk, or clearing in a storm,
more frequent as the pitches grow more high.

6_Color Intersection

As notes ascend the scale, they alter to
be like the waves of oceanic blue,
increasing frequency the way they do,
attaining heights in which a spacecraft flew.

7_Color Worlds

The highest notes that anyone can hear
have waves like violet light, with frequencies
that then surpass the limits of an ear,
and ripple passed where human vision sees.

8_Color Bridge

Although they’re black and white, a piano’s keys
spawn waves like light’s with colors’ frequencies.

2_Color Stairway

Mario A. Pita

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Frequencies

The frequency of waves is measured in
a unit known as hertz, unlike the hurts
afflicting us, like times we fail to win
the peace and love for which we thirst.

1_Wholeness Floating

We suffer from a frequency of hurts,
but sound waves soothe with frequencies of hertz.

2_Treble Splash

Surrounded by the world’s oppressive din,
the cacophonic troubling outbursts,
we’re calmed by something like a violin
and realms of gorgeousness it reasserts.

3_Explosion Blossom

We suffer from a frequency of hurts,
but song waves cheer with frequencies of hertz.

5_Rest Frequencies

Through every age of life, through thick and thin,
through times, the last, the middle, and the first,
we hurt a lot in homes of bone and skin
and face so much in life that disconcerts.

6_Immanent Wholeness

We suffer from a frequency of hurts,
but song waves heal with frequencies of hertz.

7_Melodic Ripples

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Art Party

We write, compose, design, make art, alone,
exporting our creations to the world
by way of our computer or our phone,
so artistry, like blooms, can be unfurled.
As we make more, it can become a body
of work that’s sent out as an emissary,
and whether it be perfect or be shoddy,
it represents us in a world that’s scary.
The world is weirdly wonderful as well,
awash with things we find or else we make,
the things of which we have a show and tell,
and build community for which we ache.
The world’s not only full of what may scare,
but poems, music, artwork. Come and share.

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Weekly “Art Parties” for sharing poetry, art, music, or other creative ventures
are held on Sunday evenings 7-8:30 PM EST, online through Zoom.
Invitations are sent out through the group L.A.M.P. (Literature, Art, Music Play),
and also listed on Meetup.

Mario A. Pita

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