Arturo Finito by Alyssa Perry

Uncanny splintered was Arturo Finito;
    Arturo Finito made for unprocessible drift. All jargons
bowled to the strait’s boundless bunk.
    Sound sad? What we mean is this: One Arturo
flakes into a million Finitos. He’s a cake of
    soap. He’s neato. Our dad. Not one of us uniquely
feeling. We’re crowded, pinched
    at the presence of our Father Arturo.
Had many sons, and many sons had
    none. We had been had. I say we keep
being born, and next bearing the born.
    Opie Griffith “ain’t got no ma.” Nor we.              
What can we make of it? Present’s past due.
    We have ourself. Turn out your coat, Arturo Finitio;
Artur, Da-aa-aad, we gotta obtain
our succor. A rest. Legions of us. We suffer                          
    the succotash, and eat it, in our
drovy heaps, our dog cafeteria. The more likenesses,
    the less we like. Today’s 
baby nine thousand ninety sixth’s birthday. We think
    we’ll call him Rubeus. Rube-let.
When will my guest of honor his high chair take?
    Papa, enough. Let mange overwhelm cradles.
Already there is too much owed between us.
    No more innocents. We won’t permit it.
It is impossible to be finished, he says of the words,
    that is, world, laughing, dead
of the words. Finito. Zilch. Neytch. Gawne.
    But not Arturo. Arturo stays to cook supper.
Finito ad infinitum. From ultra, a voice:
    Ultra ultra. Beyond beyond is
what I ask you, Pops: We want to arrive
    in a present. We want to be it.
I am on a doorstep, stopped. My brothers
    cascade across my shoulders,
breaking in waves, wavesI have no shoulders.
    Who will carry these children?
Who can manage to love them: inquiries,
    snotty lips, language? Handrails?
Praise finitude. Praise the
    That’s enough. Art—which of us would
have been enough for you? Who serves? And where
    do you get all these teenagers? 
As seen in these, multiplying, chain-gang,
    infinitizing, redolent and
slappy-handed, unrelinquishers, all
    Arturo’s many sons. I am one of them,
and so are you. Chin up. How like
    must it feel to be vulpes vulpes, each
disyllable swerving back on its word,
    chasing its tail? A bird in the bush?  It never
cancels. Cold-skinned fox, hasty rust, blood sun,
    I know you are, but what am I?
A dervish-muff, melty throat. Continuing.
    Dinner‘s been served. Seeking the sought-after
cave, Arturo commands his own final
    mazurka, bouncing from catacombs.
It won’t be last. So let’s just praise the
    larder. Left right, left right. Sound off.
Dad? Da. Don’t let’s wake.