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ALPHENGA

 

An Alphenga contains 26 links in the 3/2/3 form. The first link begins with A, the second with B, etc.. An Alphenga may be done solo or with partners.

 

It was created by Alexis K. Rotella on the 28 June1997.

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella 1997

 

EXAMPLES :

ALPHABET SOUP by Alexis K. Rotella
A BEGGAR by ai li
WAITING by Gerald England

                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

ALPHABET SOUP

A solo Alphenga by Alexis K. Rotella
Los Gatos, California
28 June 1997

 

 

Alphabet soup
in her thermos -
spelling     champ.

 

Bumble of bees
in the cabbage rose.

 

Cosmos flowers
taller
than we.

 

Duquesne Pilsner -
Dad has yet another.

 

Emergency Room physician -
the alarm goes off
in his red sports car.

 

Flapper dress
in her dead mother's trunk.

 

Ghost
    introduces itself
as Dale Carnegie.

 

Haystack hiding
a hypodermic.

 

Impossibilities -
dwelling
on them.

 

Jump rope hanging
from a limb.

 

Kaleidoscope
covered with
dust.

 

Letting go
before he does.

 

Memories -
listening to the elders
speak among themselves.

 

Naval destroyer
darkens the horizon.

 

Olives
still holding onto
their bitterness.

 

Prostitute     she earned
$1,000 last night..

 

Quail
gone in
two bites.

 

Rigatoni necklaces
made by senior citizens.

 

Speeding
to their graves
drivers on Route 17.

 

Tic Tac Toe
on the beach.

 

Umbrellas
cartwheel
down the street.

 

Vestibule -
its lemon-oil scent.

 

Woman who owns
the new-age shop -
glitter on her aging face.

 

Xx's closing
his formal letter.

 

Yellow fields
of St. John's wort -                    *
summer solstice.

 

Zelda -
this one's for you.

 

 

* St. John's wort, known as hypericum, is used for depression. Zelda Fitzgerald suffered from depression and was hospitalized because of it.

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella 1997

                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

A BEGGAR

A solo Alphenga by ai li
London
12 July 1997

 

 

a beggar finding
an empty
wallet

 

beachcomber
becoming dusk

 

cherubs above
the single
bed

 

dancing on the terrace
in taffeta

 

'exit' stamped
on the forehead
of an old man

 

frightened inner child
in my pocket

 

gorgon
eating
black grapes

 

hunter finding
that elusive moon

 

indian burial ground -
the quiet
of dead shells

 

jack-in-the-box
ejaculates

 

kismet...
the princess
and the frog

 

lollipop for adults
the spinster buys two

 

morello cherry
in my
navel

 

nun      praying
for silk underwear

 

ogling...
the pensioner
with cataract

 

penis envy -
misogynistic catch-phrase

 

queer and queasy
after dodgy
oysters

 

regiment in town
the new whorehouse

 

snake charmer
revealing the asp
between his legs

 

the day cools...
shedding underwear

 

us
beneath the pine
listening to god

 

visitors with fresh jasmine
in the prayer room

 

waterfall
up to my breasts
in cold

 

xeroxed photos
from the blackmailer

 

yogi
advocating
yoghurt

 

zit
on a new date

 

 

 

Copyright ai li 2002

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

WAITING

A solo Alphenga by Gerald England
Hyde, Cheshire, UK
27 January 1998

 

 

always the long wait
to see the doctor
at the eye clinic

 

blue flowers in a vase
starting to wilt

 

caught short
the little girl squirms
her mother looks cross

 

dreading the needle
middle-aged man shivers

 

early morning
terrier barks furiously
at approaching milkman

 

fog-bound passengers
phoning their loved ones

 

gulls wheel
behind the cruise liner
expecting scraps

 

holy mountain
hell for climbers

 

in the gallery
next to the nude
a portrait of mary

 

january sales
city traffic gridlocks

 

kicking the habit
ex-smoker spits out
chewed up pencil ends

 

licking his lips
at the bride's first meal

 

master cueman
escapes the snooker
and pots another red

 

neon lights flashing
above the bordello

 

only one customer
enters the doors
the pub with no beer

 

preparing for her night's work
the stripper gets all dressed up

 

querying the bill
angry diner swallows
the torn-up pieces

 

resolving the argument
in adjacent beds

 

stuck in the quicksand
tractors and ladders
work against the tide

 

tempted by salesman's offer
her nest egg cracked open

 

under lock and key
his collection
of used underwear

 

vacuuming the carpet
her latest fetish

 

winter storms forecast
they struggle with tarpaulins
to cover the boat

 

xeroxing the plans
for the christmas party

 

yellow crocuses
emerge early --
frostless new year

 

zealously guarding
his innermost thoughts

 

 

 

Copyright Gerald England 1998

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