Previous Moonday Features Current Moonday Features Upcoming Moonday Features
|Brandon Cesmat teaches literature & writing at CSU San Marcos. His writing has appeared in Weber: The Contemporary West, ONTHEBUS, California Quarterly, The San Diego Reader and The Other Voices International Project, amongst many publications. His work has also been anthologized in In Our Own Words, Magee Park, California Poets in the Schools and the San Diego Poetry Annual. His first book Driven into the Shade received a San Diego Book Award. His second poetry book, Light in All Directions, is forthcoming from Poetic Matrix Press. His short story collection When Pigs Fall in Love is forthcoming from Caernarvon Press. Cesmat has been an advocate for poetry’s spoken word and its reintegration with other arts. He won the 2008 Cardiff Poetry Slam among his other accomplishments. He is the past president of California Poets in the Schools (CPITS), the largest artist residency program in the United States, and is an active member in Teaching Artists Organize (TAO).|
Morning After All-Saints’ Eve
How good it is to be alive after the horror of last night,
Loading the DishwasherMy wife does the dishes
after I cook. This is our arrangement.
I watch her sponge the stain of
watermelon juice I left on the counter.
I don't have to watch. I can go read
or change the water on the orange trees.
But I have a stack of plates from the table.
The bottom two wiped clean by biscuits,
the top three still greasy.
She slides them all into the water to soak
and pinches a hard grain of rice that never cooked,
throws it into the garbage pail that’s become a bouquet
with what’s left of green onions and cauliflower leaves.
She hates our arrangement, though it was her idea.
I squeeze in beside her at the sink.
We push each other to load the dishwasher.
She slaps me with the dishtowel.
She smiles as we leave the kitchen so clean
no one can tell that we've eaten.
Published in Hiss Quarterly
© 2009 Brendon Cesmat
MOONDAY HOME PAGE (Current Features)
MOONDAY (Previous Features) MOONDAY (Upcoming Features)