Poetry by Joseph Mailander: The Six of Coins and Judgment

Poetry by Joseph Mailander: The Six of Coins and Judgment

The Six of Coins and Judgment, Two excelent Tarot Poems Written by Joseph Mailander

Poetry by Joseph Mailander The Six of Coins and Judgment

Poetry by Joseph Mailander The Six of Coins and Judgment

The Six of Coins

I think of Popeye, battered, blown down,
a mistress of distress, it’s all comic, as pain
is the basis of humor; laughter, a glass of water
in a paper cup; and balance, that elusive

nonentity of wisdom, in which you and I reside
and nobody else; your laughs, my screams,
your insides, I may aspire to jejeune
ambitions, like reading a magazine.

Having and want, to have and have not,
a sexual history of everything, the currency
stitched in our leotards, our beggars bramble, our symbolist
poets, our laughing right out loud.

It takes so much strength to be Popeye, floored by brutes.



I ridiculed Lola.  She was walking over the coals
and didn’t even know it.  I took another bath
and wanted no part of this, this Judgement, where kings
could kill me in a minute, I’ve never known Judgement
was a video game, but

to come out baptized by living water
and fire channels, fire in the hole,
a fire of hell and humans, fire
made me what I am: faithless
in the eyes of the Judge, fatherless

in the eyes of the Mother, and forgiving
anyone who drops dead before me.  You are
gone, there is nothing behind your eyelids,
your teeth are like pebbles, and your scheme
has left the building: this is Judgement, rejoice.


View Comments (4)
  • both beautiful – multi-layered and complex like their creator – loved them both but judgement – well, it does leave me rejoicing…rejoicing in its message – incredible pieces, joseph –

  • Isabel del Rio

    Congratulations, Joseph. I love the rhythm and the irony.

  • Why am I always the last one to find out about things? Only found the “Tarot” series now—much enjoyed. Beautiful rhythms, and “It takes so much strength to be Popeye, floored by brutes.” is archetypal in the best sense. Marvelous.

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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.

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