Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Poem to Be Handed to Someone in a Bookstore

Nothing says more than a bandana worn
around your neck in the heat of the moment
you go crazy, toss a bunch of oranges into
a canvas Paris Review tote and storm out
of the room. You cannot heed the negative
or you'll get all waxen and wavy.
Your signature style is show up for the people
and win them over like a good motherfucker.

You call for a conference and no one shows up
because they could care less but
you are getting better at dodging the meatballs.
Attitude is everything and the master will fatten the calf.
You have the determination of an eagle.
I have firm beef and I will always have a stand tall
dedicated to hard work if people pay me for it.
Tenderness can act as a balance rod.
Here's the story: there is a world you know nothing about.
You will have to pay someone to explain that site.
A person can find a calm spot in hell
between all the snow and spitting.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subtle as a slap, and just as tingly.

10:04 AM  
Blogger joanna said...

This is great.

10:19 AM  

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