American Mom

I called my American Sister today
the one with the horses down in Florida
yeah she told me my our mom was in the hospital
she went in tuesday but she just told me today
funny like how when I was in Kandahar and I told my mom I was still on the ship
but my sister told my American mom though
she always tells
she told me she s in and out
she told me she might have trouble talking from the pain
(what the f@#k!!)

Oh my American Mom called me today
at first I didn't know it was her
she sounded so young
I imagined her young
it was her nurse
she told me her arms were like puppets
the nurse helped her with the phone because she can't feel herself holding the phone
This is my American Mom
the one who used to hold me
the one who joined the Navy out of high school for a couple years during the Korean war.
the one who's Scot-Irish and German
worked in steel mills too
My American Mom is an American Woman who made two American Women
my sisters
she made two American Men too
But now she can't make it out of bed really
And my American Sister down in Florida fed her breakfast today
I told my mom how it's Dec 1st and I'm wearing a t-shirt in the Capital here
how the leaves are collecting on my street between the row houses
and how the wind spirals the leaves into our red white & blue sky
"That looks beautiful Honey"
It is mommy

SexiPanty $14

Marcela Rodriguez
solo exhibition,
featuring drawings on paper
and a video installation
by the Columbian artist
Dec 1 2006 - Jan 7 2007

Meat Market Gallery
1636 17th St NW Washington DC 20009
wed-sat 12-7
sun 12-3
or by appointment

American Basement

Welcome to the good life
America welcomes you
and hopes you'll enjoy our many amenities
many of which ...
my, it's warm in here
it's warm outside
I got a tab going
just order
& leave outside

or go down the street
we're in the Basement of America now
the beer we got from upstairs
then we bring it down here
we're all loud
we're all drinking
we're all enjoying the music in this basement
everything on the walls points to France
but this is America
this is the Basement of America baybee
do you think the girls look like this in other countries?
well they do!
do you think the guys are this hansome?

and hey she's cute there
and so is she and she and she
and I didn't even see the other 2 girls
at that 3 girl table

just because I'm American?!
what you think because I'm American the world is under my thumb?
there's the nuke button
America baybee

I like that girl there
you can't call that
what "dibs" this is America beybe
oh you said "you called dibs"
this is America baybe!
maybe I should write that down
no I won't
yeah I did

sitting at the steps
I'm sitting at the steps I'm
sitting at the stepps I'm
sitting at the steps
people are waving
no one is dancing
bump bump bump
bump pun ump