Chili Peppers

             after Charles Simic

By Kael Moffat

in Las Cruces, nailed
to the porch's wooden pilings.
After morning prayers
we draw their blood
and pour it on our pale
fingers of rice.

Kael Moffat has recently graduated from BYU. He is a devoted basketball fan, loves volleyball, and likes to deceive fish with small plastic devices. He will be starting an MFA in creative writing at Fresno State in the fall of 1996