The American writer Joseph Mailander is writing poems from his Tarot series. Some of them have been published in Yareah magazine, a success!!
As you know, last issue of Yareah magazine was titled “Seven to Seven” and with this motive, he has sent us this new two poems. Enjoy them!!
It is all good as gold, the silver morning
riding high on excess, the redoubled bet
that paid off once again. Get ready for
the good laurel, the grand life, dahling,
we are clipping along. We’re going to blow
right past the farms. At last, we have
diagnosis and cure, triumph and two-in-hand.
Behind us are your toady dreams,
the envelope holds your tidy sum.
You’ve been away long enough, now come,
come dahling, ride the wind of sphinxes
that draw this nomad’s war machine–
come, come, and scream from your womb
to the top of your freed soul.
**The Chariot is the Seventh Tarot trump card.
The Seven of Swords
~Cold steel people don’t like.–Keith Richards
My frivolous submissions to the sun,
my gifts and thefts and subtle wisdom mornings,
my energized service, my chaotic warnings,
my redemption book hung with uncertainty.
My stories of clattering swords,
my tempting, cheating, chattering mistress, my full
forecast of rain and Nothing, pull
my nap into the dazzle of an afternoon
In which I dream the downside: my spent past,
the punishment of waiting for the real.
And I found nerve: I stole the shining steel,
and made a fool of foolishness at last.
**The Seven of Swords is a card about stealing something away.
A Los Angeles native and lifelong resident, Joseph Mailander writes op-eds, cultural criticism, fiction, and poetry. He attended Columbia and UCLA, studying Art History, English, and American History. He contributes to many electronic and print media publications, and also has edited several blogs, including mainbrace, street-hassle, and LA Opus.