Source: Alan Levine, CC 2.0
Recently, I posted six of the 100 of my articles that are published on AllPoetry.com. In honor of National Poetry Month, here are seven more. I’ve selected those with practical but unconventional takeaways.
Too many have the same dream,
so open your eyes:
EYES CLOSED: “Do what you love; the money will follow!”
EYES OPEN: Poverty far more likely will follow.
EYES CLOSED: “Follow your passion!”
EYES OPEN: Poetry’s our passion. As you know,
Closed-eyed poets put fingers in their ears at “Be realistic”
but those may be wiser words.
Open your eyes and ears.
In search, s/he was
shanghaied by Shanghai,
captured by Kathmandu,
banged in Bangkok,
greased in Greece,
frenched in France
touseled and tussled in Tuscany,
communized in Cuba,
accosted by and in Costa Rica,
Back in Jersey,
“I’m delighted to apply for the barista position.”
It’s said to be unanswerable
but hubris makes me opine:
It’s maxing your heartbeats
that yield the most good
that others aren’t doing
or doing as well.
It can’t be that simple
but I’m not wise enough
to know why.
An easy smile is a most helpful talent.
Need you but spread your lips
What a shallow species are we.
Fat with fat, thin thin,
the winsome with the winsome.
How silly we choose.
Marriage doesn’t fix, it spoils,
its chains breeding complacency.
Yet even when prenuptial spats portend worse,
the train once launched, is unstoppable,
with both tied to the tracks.
Yet marriage endures.
Might we need some irrationality?
You choose your friends.
Your family chooses you.
You can dump bad friends.
You can’t dump bad family.
You think you can count on family.
Your family may not want you to.
You claim family is most important.
But deep down, you have doubts.
“I’m not running for re-election so I can spend more time with my family.”