Dei Profundis by S. Roth


Sy Roth is a retired school administrator and has finally found the sounds of silence and the time to think whole thoughts. This has led him to find words and the ability to shape them. He has published in Visceral Uterus, Amulet, BlogNostics, among others.

Dei Profundis

So I hock a loogie,
gray sticky mass
loosed in disgust
profundity in name only–
instead, fearsome projectile
Ha,ha aimed at ignorance.

Somewhere deep-congealed
like muddy, frozen ice–
it becomes a soul cleansing expectorant,
a signal to extraterrestrial beings
to come out of hiding.

New sidewalk uni-celled amoeba
hurled at the earth–
News at 10. 

express disgust–
self-flagellation, attention-getting somewhen.
cat-o-nine tails?
unappetizing.

You haven’t been at all attentive,
have you?
pathetic…
careless creatures
careless about others
looped into a passel of Seinfeld episodes.

Look,
I’ll suck the loogie from the floor,
if forgiven their trespasses.

They trust–
wait,
cheeks pulled in,
teeth visible,
for an answer—

hollow-cheeked faces wrapped in fear
an the ocean’s depth,
a frozen secret
where Jonah’s plays it out
in xylophonic rhythms
dressed in unlived lives.

Their sentries watch–
Wait,
ready for the clarion call.

I wait too.
until dawn breaks, and
no knell tolls
from the earless entity,

weighty eternities…

The loogie rests curbside,
alien vestige.

The graveled voice—
Silent.

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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