Three Ironic Poems by Elena Malec

Three Ironic Poems by Elena Malec

Three ironic poems by Elena Malec: “The Tempest” in Death Valley; On The Road and “The Tempest” in Death Valley. Enjoy them, Yareah Magazine readers!

Three Ironic Poems by Elena Malec

Three Ironic Poems by Elena Malec

“The Tempest” in Death Valley

With downsizing opera houses,

and philharmonics on strike everyday

let me just say:

I wish to see a dramatic play

Shakespeare, Beckett, O’ Neill,

(I simply dislike vaudeville),

but put it this way:

who would die to drive to L.A. ?


After it rained cats and dogs all night

some folks got a scratch or a bite

(as the Citizens Band informed),


don’t tell me,

my spirit has been chloroformed,


but I shall survive that;

I must learn from the kangaroo rat:

when this place on earth stoops so low,

that its staple is now the talk show,

I can take it as a homeopathic gain

for treating my abrasive migraine.


On the Road

The death of a salesman

is a godless ritual:

every evening in a cheap hotel room,

he drops himself on a standard bed,

drops his briefcase

on the carpeted floor,

then, with a jerk,

inevitably, he drops his braincase

breaking the sound barrier,

when the contents drop in pieces

like shattered glass panes.


For now he is free.


It only takes a quick click,

And he is back a salesman

In his sleep and dream and every single

tomorrow morning.


(goddammit, that remote control!)


16c. Dutch school

Everyman, still interested

in the fundamentals of money making?

You’ve got it: a video of the latest bestseller

on finance. We guarantee success. We’ve been

selling expertise for almost four hundred years.

You will live in myth and passions the joyous

orgiastic visions of Hieronymus Bosch in The Garden

of Delights.


Now, close up your mouth and give me five;

just picture this: YOU – a tryptic –

Wingding Oneiric Whopper. WOW.

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Elena Malec was born in Bucharest Romania in 1954. She holds a MA in modern languages and literatures from the University of Bucharest.Translated from George Bacovia’s poetry, published in Barcelona in Cuaderns Crema in 1984. Published literary criticism in Romania, verse in the United States.

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