MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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axiomatic

if a given road
goes by two names
one with adorn
the local signs
the other
will be on the GPS
list of directions

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little racket man

(a pantoum)

sweaty little racket man
tow-head bright in the sun
kicking down others’ castles in the sand
calling names meant to hurt

tow-head bright in the sun
you listen, but do not hear
calling names meant to hurt
sleep now, please, little destroyer

you listen, but do not hear
kicking down others’ castles in the sand
sleep now, please, little destroyer
sweaty little racket man


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not a hot-weather gal

(a pantoum)

i dread the heat coming
spring is too short
growing green fades to dry brown
skin glistens with sweat

spring is too short
eyes squint, trying to see distance
skin glistens with sweat
long for a cool drink

eyes squint, trying to see distance
growing green fades to dry brown
longing for a cool drink
i dread the heat coming


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dad

(a pantoum)

broad-shouldered, tall – i looked up
mom cut his hair during the great depression
youngest of four sons
could take a joke, but expect retaliation

mom cut his hair during the great depression
conservative with money, liberal with love
could take a joke, but expect retaliation
snored so loud, neighbors closed their windows

conservative with money, liberal with love
youngest of four sons
snored so loud, neighbors closed their windows
broad-shouldered, tall – i looked up