i come upon
the lama sleeping in the forest, lift him, carry him to a secret
cave where my family has hidden for generations. he snores
in my arms, as i dance across the rough terrain, my feet barely
touching the earth. a mile away, soldiers stalk through brush--surveying,
tracking, their eyes and noses hungry for clues. light rain
begins to fall. i sit quietly by the lama, shivering and waiting.
it may be days before we can reemerge.
John Amen is the author of two collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003) and More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005). He has also released one CD, All I’ll Never Need (Cool Midget 2004). His second CD, Ridiculous Empire, will be released in Spring 2007. He is featured in the 2007 Poet’s Market. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestralmagazine.com).