Like you, I was coerced into crafting my own
Head from a bundle of sky, clouds of perception.
Like an onion, my head, I am peeling it plum
Down to the center where my crisp intentions
& my harsh attention & latent vague memory
Dangling by my fingers in a silver chain net
All meet, noticing now how attempt & succumb
Live on the same haunted block. Like you, I feel so
Terrible for the guy or gal whose phone number
Gets cropped as the fake digits on this one program
Some made-up line interjected crossways right through
The episode where one cousin buys a handgun
As the other cousin remains still shivering
In a hospital gown, like the drooped branch outside
My bedroom window shakes, periodically
Aroused by the wind, the same over & again.
The phone number owner finds himself or herself
Every half-hour or so rising up from what is
Considered a most-prized comfort, pastel blue
Chair, & shuffles across the stained linoleum
To end the ring-ring-ring. This mess is all because
An intern did not check the number to ensure
It was not the least bit occupied & now
We, each in our own homes, spend all day attempting
To be present in what gifts us charm & some joy
As the forgetful intern chews some bubble gum
Oblivious to what trouble he delivered
Unto others, mainly the one mid-waddle now
Drawn ever-loyal up & towards the ringing
Coming from the kitchen, neatly right on schedule
& on the other end, you guessed it, me craving
A voice, a good bit flustered, every bit as kind.
You can call me a project-oriented poet. A big beam of obsession & confusion & delight shines down & I'm hooked for a bit. My two full-length collections of poems are WHAT IS WHO (my self-published MFA thesis at the Michener Center For Writers, 2018) & More Wreck More Wreck (published by Coconut Books in 2014). My most recently-released poem-project is FUTURE BARN, available for FREE both in PDF & audio form.
I'll post new poems every Friday from my forthcoming collection, I ONCE WAS SOMEONE ELSE & OFTEN STILL AM. I'd be honored if you gave it a read, a possible share. Thanks!