A Poem From 2017

Well it’s 2018 and my “Poetry 2017” folder has 110 entries in it. Not too bad. Although I expect a few are re-typed versions of things I forgot I already typed. Three more semesters of school and I’ll have the time to start putting out books again.

Here is a poem from last year rendered in slideshow format. Hope you enjoy this little caper. Click the arrow to read the next stanza.

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A Poem on NPR

The other day I got in the car and started to drive. I turned on the radio and heard myself talking, and for a brief moment was confused as to where and when I was. A poem I’d recorded years ago was speaking to me through the speakers. So long ago there is even a reference to the show Jersey Shore. Feel free to give a read below, but if you’d like to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, visit the Lake Effect website.

 

Everything is Arbitrary

 

You can’t debate with memory

or slow dance a regret

The music of my youth
will always mean more
than the music of yours

How does the insect population hope to support
the spider population in my garage?

The ape I am derived from is no more superior
than the ape you are derived from

Wearing a condom is called Presponsible
New Jersey is a Napoleonic abortion of style

The path of least resistance is
the path of least remembrance

Spend too long waiting
for the bigger shinier next better option and
they all fizzle to a firecracker dud

Never wait for a white-haired
limping mall security guard
to make you feel secure