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One day as the sun shines,
and the birds sing,
and the grass is as green
as the leaves on the trees–
we, as a family, shall frolic
hand in hand in hand in hand.
First appeared at vox poetica…this poem makes me smile…
Chewing Fruit and Legumes
you made garbanzo beans
and hired a cherub to fly
flap her wings,
and make perfect shadow
dances on concrete
you pulled the figs apart
holding their weightiness
in large palms,
the heat from sun
fogged your glasses up
“chewing fruit and legumes”,
you said, would
make a perfect poem.
The cherub dove
down and snatched
your glasses from your face
then a fig,
then a kiss.
I just giggled and
asked the cabana boy
for another drink.
And another hour
with you in this silly dream
that makes me smile.
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Strumming an Invisible Guitar
The final songs on Jagger’s greatest hits
blares though your parents’ split-level in Queens.
The base is off but your motions vibrate the
hardwood floors beneath our feet.
Strumming an invisible guitar that
no one hears, not even you, while you sit
beneath your favorite shelf hung next to
a “Go Mets!” banner and the street sign
You stole one New Year’s eve.
Mick Jagger’s lyrics filter though the tiny
room, a low gasp escapes from your stubbled
face, tells me that you long for a second chance–
to be the boy dressed in his Sunday’s best
On his way to Communion.
It’s cloudy now in your neighborhood—
It’s cloudy for you too, not yet sure where that boy went.
The song ends and the invisible guitar is left with your
past, clinging to the paneled walls you covered long ago
with paper airplanes and Budweiser girls.
During April, National Poetry Month, think about what poetry does for you…if it makes you gag, well then, that’s a shame. Bad poetry makes anyone gag…but good poetry…is pure deliciousness!
Buy a book of poems. Even if it’s not mine. Buy a decent book of poems and immerse yourself in everything that is words. Go into a bookstore or library (or surf on Amazon.com) and ask for suggestions from other readers. If you ask me, I’ll tell you to get lost in a book by Charles Bukowski. Or the amazing spoken words of Jim Morrison (yes, from the Doors). Song lyrics is poetry. Think of bands/artists like The Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Alexi Murdoch, Coldplay and Cary Brothers. What they write and sing is pure genius.
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