ISSUE 7: JUNE/JULY 2017 / POETRY

“Mission Fury” by Nelson Alburquenque

Groomed head
now met
with an obsidian cattle pick
fervently
sledged
in.

From the ridges of the scalp,
three little creeks
of corporal, scavenged blood
slip pillage back
into the pilgrim’s
snout,
salty tongue,
sprawl of spices, emptied
from the sainted
mouth.

On the ground,
scarring scarlet
meadow tombs,
mission genitals found
amid the lavish mad
ravaged doom,
crooked nose,
cut to smell the strewn,
laid on the ashes,
of the last ransacked
virgin, Miwok
moon.

In the New Tome,
a mighty Christian
Californio Rose:
one quill feather,
oppressing heathers,
cracked, stabbed, lost

Indio bones
….women and children,
all pulled by their throats,
they clung to their homes
…facing down
in stacks, the priests
removed them from
their clothes.


Nelson Alburquenque is a founding member of the alternative rock band Tikal Sun. He is 26 years-old and resides in North Hollywood, California. Recently published in The Coiled Serpent anthology.

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