Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 05/16/22

The Difference Between Peering and Peeing ≠ “R” in the Key of C

“Territoriality refers to any sociographical area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against conspecifics (and, occasionally, animals of other species)

The men’s room sonata begins…

With dismay I mutter
They make us spray in the same place
No damn alternatives
To this furtive and solitary function
Coerced to perform in this cloistered venue
We enter our asylum
Wary that non-specifics
Masquerading as specifics
Prey in this place

Peripherally acute bladders
Thankful for the fragrance of urinal disinfectant
The blasé penile exploration
The interference and disorder of pubic hair
Our inalienable right
To widen our stance
Lest we fall over from the weight of
An unreliable and unpredictable pendulum

Then the liberation of blessed waters
For me a memory of a long ago jet stream
Now the citron fountains of Trevi
Needing a spigot
But it is an emotional moment

Screening the possibility
Of moist discharges in my dainties
I close the pearly gates
And purge my evidence

We pray that this melody
Will be continued
A cappella
In contentment and tranquility
When our crooning needs
Emerge in a solitary refrain

©2022 Giulio Magrini All rights reserved.

Giulio Magrini

Giulio Magrini started writing poetry in the early 1970’s, and takes most of his inspiration from the darker sides of human nature. He has performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and many other former venues in Pittsburgh like the Lion Walk and Encore II, and was among the four featured poets at the Fifth Fourth River Poetry Festival in 1990. Giulio has conducted poetry workshops in alternative high schools, prisons, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and hosted a radio show for local poets. He was asked to perform one of his poems, “The Pittsburgher,” as an elegy honoring the late mayor Richard Caliguiri before the Pittsburgh Symphony at Point State Park before a 4th of July crowd of over 100,000 people. That poem is now archived in the Heinz History Museum. Magrini has always preferred the performance of his work over publishing, until now.