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POEM: orbits

orbits

each one drifts apart
falls into a new orbit

basement investigations
over veggie sushi & tea

milestones celebrated
lasting & otherwise

fires lit in circles
burning across the page

elliptical but intersecting
on late-night bridges

off on a lark
in front of the crowd

looking through telescopes
wondering what we are

cloud-obscured stars
outside the bar

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17 April 2021
State College PA
for Carolee Bennett

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POEM: the moment I knew for sure I liked David Rovics

the moment I knew for sure I liked David Rovics

I remember he finished singing the line
“Coke is the drink of the death squads”
picked up a Coke, looked at the audience
said, “Hey, it’s a complicated world”

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16 April 2021
State College PA
for David Rovics

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POEM: questions for the dog

questions for the dog

why are you the best dog ever?
but seriously why?
was there some sort of ceremony?
did you get an injection of superdog serum?
do you have a royal title or a summer palace?
also do you like kimchi fried rice?
is that why you’re one inch
from the bowl I’m holding?
isn’t it too spicy for you?
again: why are you the best dog ever?

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15 April 2021
State College PA
for Bristol

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POEM: no child

no child

no child deserves to be punched
or to have love taken away on a whim
no child should live in fear
or find themselves suddenly on the street
no child earns self-loathing
or a lifetime of questioned relationships
no child needs to become an adult
under the weight of a childhood like this
no child needs to forgive, to forget
or to remain in contact like bondage
I am no child
I am no child
I am no child

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14 April 2021
State College PA
for my parents

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POEM: I remember there was a bat involved

I remember there was a bat involved

actually you remember there was a bat
& I remember it because you’ve told me
my childhood is a deep dark well
but you’ve sent the bucket down
to bring back a treasure or two
I’m shedding my old ideas of family
because blood isn’t a strong enough tie
but even if we weren’t related I’d choose you
& not just because you remember the bat

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13 April 2021
State College PA
for Lynne Harting

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POEM: a poem for myself

a poem for myself

I’m driving through Virginia
listening to Tommy Emmanuel
on a playlist I made in different times
I was going to write this poem about you
but I decided to write it about me instead
because I need to take back your space
            in my head
you used to say you liked my singing
well I like my singing too
& lots of people could love a weathered guy
who sings “King Of Wishful Thinking”
at the top of his voice
as he passes one semi after another
I’m starting to believe this road
could take me somewhere better
& in any case this is a real good playlist

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12 April 2021
Verona VA
for me

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