Half Drunk Muse Poetry


Paulo on a Donkey by Michael Youngs

After the Picasso

Paulo rides
on a donkey,
the very same
his father
bought him a week past.

Paulo’s father
dressed him this morning
in a white hat, white sweater, white trousers.

Paulo would enjoy
shredding these clothes
into a tiny white cloud
of dust because they
remind him of his mother’s
ghost face:

white, white, white;
white as God Himself.

Paulo squeezes
his tiny brows like worms
at the difference between
the donkey’s wooden back
and his mother’s mild lap.

View bio for Michael Youngs Published in Fall 2005

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