At 15 he knew for sure he’d be
this Hero VIP or this Light as you too
assumed for sure you were one day going
to wear a crown reigning puffed-up beloved
over masses and populations he’d be a pride-powered
paparazzi-encircled radiance at the center of every center
whereas, plainly, at 51 he’s only ripplets on air
as of course you and I circle meek as ripplets
weak smoke-streams failing after weak
no strangers’ gasps of wonder
or frenzy of startle-stare
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Alex M. Frankel
Alex M. Frankel left Spain in the 1990s to settle in Southern California, where he writes poems and plays, occasionally under the name “Alejo Rovira Goldner.” His short story collection “Flame at Door and Raisin” came out in 2022 and his chapbook “So Many Mouths at the End of All Beauty” comes out in early 2023.
Find more on Alex’s website.