Karren LaLonde Alenier

sunset from the cliffs; when it drops you gonna feel it: Karren LaLonde Alenier

sunset from the cliffs

the bride wore black

dolphins cut the waves

fins first

bird of paradise

lobster claw

hibiscus all tongues

and beaks leaned

in close like gossips

or a Greek chorus

singing Marley’s

Could You Be Loved

how did her store burn

down after the police

stopped him from

bulldozing the place

the dark dog Cocoa

circled lay at the groom’s

feet the hired

minister left little

man Zacchaeus to his tree

then the red balloon sun

slipped with a flash

of green into the sea

when it drops you gonna feel it

we traded

Internet for mosquito

net cocooned

for sleep

under a halo

of white mesh

the sea beating

the coral cliffs

of Negril a lullaby

of dominoes geckos

the kingpins in the road

hawking anythingyouwant

the minstrel Fire improvising

Toots Hibbert’s Pressure Drop

a daughter hopeful that her father

in a Sav-la-Mar hospital would kick

lung cancer with an herbal medicine

something six chemo treatments

in Georgia couldn’t do

first published in Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 (Gival Press: Arlington, VA)

Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of seven collections of poetry, including Looking for Divine Transportation (The Bunny and the Crocodile Press, 1999), winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature, and The Anima of Paul Bowles (MadHat Press, 2016), selected as a 2016 top staff pick by the Grolier Book Shop in Boston. Her poetry and fiction have been published in the Mississippi Review, Jewish Currents, and Poet Lore. Her opera Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, with composer William Banfield, premiered by Encompass New Opera Theatre under the direction of Nancy Rhodes in New York City June 2005. For Scene4 Magazine, she writes a monthly column about Gertrude Stein and the arts called “The Steiny Road to Operadom.” To read more by this author: Five poems, Volume 3:4, Fall 2002; Audio Issue, Volume 9:4, Fall 2008