How I hate those poets who rise at dawn to write a couple hours before work— Wallace Stevens especially, Emperor of Ice-Cream, my ass! You’re not the only one with a day job.
And don’t get me started on Ted Kooser, who should be staying up late in the flatlands to watch the milky way flow instead of drinking dawn from a bucket some early bird probably pooped in.
My muse sleeps in a bottle and does not awake until neon lights buzz. She inspires the moon and I do her bidding beneath flickering televisions, whipping a ballpoint to get every last drop.
The only time you’ll see me in the stark morning light is if I’ve had to walk home drunk and forgotten the way.
As the soft skin of your leg conceals the strength of your thigh, I lean in close to hear your voice— quiet as dandelion seeds in autumn with words powerful as a storm.
Hand in hand, enjoying your perfume, your mouth and eyes straighten, no longer curved like the rest of you. I don’t want to relax my grip but know I can’t clutch onto my desire without losing that which I hold most dear.
I was the teacher’s pet not because of my smarts but because of my charm, smooth chocolate compliments and precision tattling.
I knew which bully to befriend for much-needed protection and when to stab him in the back then upgrade to a bigger model.
There will always be men who think they’re great and need little guys, like me, to confirm their awesomeness.
I am so honored and pleased that my poem, Just A Blank White Page, was published this morning on Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine! Thanks to Brian Geiger, Editor of Vita Brevis, for finding my work worthy of inclusion.
December is usually not that great for me. From Thanksgiving until March, my mood is generally cloudy. Thanks, SAD. So seeing me with a smile on my face and my mood up going into the end of this year is a rarity. It’s so out of character for those who know me personally.
After I published Every Day I Pause last year, I became familiar with Poets & Writers.This organization was founded in 1970 and is an awesome resource for writers, publishers, and agents. Their mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. I made it one of my goals to become listed as a poet with their non-profit. I’m thrilled that I was able to fulfill that objective within a year! Click here to view my profile.
Their requirements to make that happen pushed me out of my comfort zone. But it also gave me continued satisfaction to reach the milestones necessary to become listed as a writer and poet in their directory. Achieving the requirements and now the reward – well, it makes me burst with joy! I’m very happy to be able to be a part of their organization.