A POEM FOR PETER

(’92)

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– Peter from Santa Monica
likes my poetry,,,
told me so.

– I see him at most of
my readings,
waving a mental sign that says,
“Fan.”

– If Peter is in the audience…
please spread your
good vibrations.

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AN INVESTIGATION OF THE RAIN

(’82)

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– All around the yard,
puddles do impressions of
South America, Australia,
the Virgin Islands…

– The corner of the living room
had a leak last year,
and the year before –
another hole for my psyche…

– Emergency!
I see water on the bathroom floor
& look out the window…

– It’s flooding!

– I put on boots, get a shovel
& go outside,,,
the poncho of discontent
wrapped around my baldness…

– After an hour of shoveling mud
I get a blister on the palm
of my right hand,
but the channel I dug
opens up Lake Nacimiento…

– It’s coming down again,,,
for two weeks now
the sky has been doing #1
on the city.

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LOOKING FOR MR. GOODAFTERLIFE

(’92) I’d just received my “diagnosis.” – After
38 radiation treatments at UCLA, etc., I’m still
pounding my old Underw… -oops!, forgot, I have
an iMac now!

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– Death…
a patient crocodile,
in my private lagoon,,,
devours the feast
before the dish is served ///

– Poet-meat,
pre-seasoned delicacy,
to be savored rare,
a molecule at a time…
hope by hope,
despair by despair.

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MITCH OUT

(’86)

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– Looking for work,
among the ruins…

– The tough ’80s,
no way to treat a planet…

– Help wanted,
dignity wanted…

– Recession, recession ///
sorry, sorry ///
mañana, mañana ///

– “Hey, I know!
I’ll start my own business!
Now, let’s see…”

– -Pardon me, Time,
do we have?

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(RHYMES WITH ‘HEART’)

(’07)

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– Ah… yes!!

– That one escaped nicely…

– (nobody’s around,,, everything’s cool.)

– Did I detect hard-boiled egg?
Could be the cheese,,,
robust, yet, with that distinct,
classic aroma…

– Oops! There goes another one ///
flawless, a most graceful exit…
definitely tuna…

– Rare fragrance, worthy of praise,
now one my life’s
warm memories.

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