Cajun Mutt Press Poet in Residence


Eating Pears on the Rooftop

Let us eat green pears—
at night on the rooftop
under burdened boughs of the old yew
and the moon’s pale glow.
Let us love
and laugh at myths and shadow-plays
born of sticks and stones
and celestial light—
the stuff of illusion
that pulls us far from the cold comfort
of home.
There, the close confines of our rooms lie, prepared,
untouched by the deceits of night and day–
and pure.
O, to be with you in the dark
(boundlessness within those walls)
behind thick curtains of rich brown and verdant green–
that glorious place of undiscerning Truth,
where glamours crumble to dust
(to dust).
To this
we say, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
and kiss the silver—sticky and sweet–
from each other’s lips,
each soft brush
a rap on the front door.

©David Estringel all rights reserved


David Estringel is a poet and writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, & essays. His work has been accepted and/or published by Specter Magazine, Literary Juice, Foliate Oak Magazine, Terror House Magazine, Expat Press, 50 Haikus, littledeathlit, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Route 7 Review, Setu Bilingual Journal, Paper Trains Literary Journal, The Elixir Magazine, Soft Cartel, Harbinger Asylum, Briars Lit, Open Arts Forum, Cajun Mutt Press, Former People Journal, The Ugly Writers, Writ in Dust, Cephalopress, Twist in Time, Merak Magazine, Salt Water Soul, Cherry House Press, Subterranean Blue Poetry, Printed Words, Sunflower Sutras, Tulip Tree Publishing, Salt Ink, PPP Ezine, Digging through the Fat, Haiku Journal, Foxhole Magazine, The Basil O’Flaherty, Three Line Poetry, Agony Opera, Siren’s Call Ezine, Alien Buddha Press, Synchronized Chaos, Pantheon of Poesy, The @baffled Haiku Daily, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, The Blue Nib, Fishbowl Press, Horror Sleaze Trash, Rigorous Magazine, Corvus Review,, Proletaria Journal, Cherry Magazine, Bleached Butterfly, Poetry Pea (Haiku Pea), Sub Rosa Zine, TL;DR Press, Spit Poet Zine, Arthut, ICOE Press, Logos, Z Publishing, Outcast Magazine, Ponder Savant, Impspired Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, The Poetry Question, Headline Poetry, Forever Endeavour, Queer As In Fuck You!, Claredon House Publications, Poetizer, Channillo, and The Good Men Project. He is currently Poetry Editor at Fishbowl Press and The Elixir Magazine, a Fiction Editor at Red Fez, and Poet in Residence at Cajun Mutt Press and The Elixir Magazine. David’s first book of poetry and prose Indelible Fingerprints was published by Alien Buddha Press in April 2019. David can be found on Twitter (@The_Booky_Man) and his website at

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