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So Brief A Life

 

We enter into

that final phase

expressed in sleep

and slow malaise

 

we shrink in size

our mind declines

we deteriorate

in many ways

 

no more the rage

of primal youth

we slowly learn

the somber truth

 

that like a tree

now without fruit

life was too brief

death in our roots.

 

 

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The Hearing-Impaired Line

 

If you are hard of hearing

you may call our

Hearing-Impaired line

@ 1-800-What?

 

when you hear the beep

press one for service

oh that's right

you can't hear can you?

well never mind

 

the hearing line obviously

still needs some work

we have a committee set up

to make recommendations 

we should hear back from them soon

 

public input and feed...

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Paperboy Quarterback

 

Rising early

I hear the paper boy outside

throwing the newspaper

I have to give him credit

everyday he comes on time

rain or shine

and he always hurls the paper

square in the center of the driveway

which in itself is quite a feat

I always hear the chug of his truck

the one-note plop of the chunked paper

as it hits the pavement

how adroitly he slings it

s...

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ICE

 

Ice in a glass

clinks

against the side

blocks of ice

floating like

ice bergs

in North seas

the chips are ships

gone down to

storms inside

the glass of ice

they melt away

like thoughts

once thought

but lost

no rafts to save

as memory sinks

dissolving into

a watery grave

of what used

to be.

 

 

 

 

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Cold Reality

 

birds

under the feeder

 

cold feathers

cold feet

 

some get fat

some get nothing

 

kinda like life itself

cold reality.

 

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Washing Away The Blues

 

To become rich

easy as pie

go to the laundromat

and apply

your skill at finding

coins that dropped

from coin returns

likely as not

 

You'd be surprised

what people leave

two dollar bills

would you believe

and in the washer

you might find

a buck or two

were left behind

 

In hurried ways

some folks forget

the coins they used

and the...

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The Smell Of Old Books

 

The smell of old books

will soon get one hooked

 

One cannot wait

to open and look

 

The journey of a lifetime

is then undertook

 

Away in lost nooks

the adventure of books.

 

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The Cliffs Of Norfolk

 

They crumble and

then caravans fall

along a wall

of dirt debris

 

and many come

to be enthralled

at sight of all

there is to see

 

as caravans fall

men are appalled

at such a sight

as scenes like these

 

can something stall

so more won't fall

into the arms

of the waiting Sea.

 

 

 

 

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Working Stiff

 

Just a working stiff

work minimum wage

the midnight shift

what little it pays

work when I can

poor working man

the work repeats

but then again...

 

The bills come in

the rent is due

it costs to live

resources few

work's all I know

no time for friends

work 'till I die

then ...stiff again.

 

 

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What's Good About Old Age

 

is that your eyesight goes

which means you don't see all the things

deteriorating around you

you don't see the dirt and dust

the things that need fixing

the cobwebs

 

Another good thing is

you don't hear too good either

which means you don't pick up on

all the ugly things being said on TV 

and you can also use the excuse

I didn't hear you

to get out of w...

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Cash & Credit---a poem by O.L. Buzzerd

 

in the old days

people paid cash

for things they needed

 

either that or they

dealt with a store

that would carry their tab

on the books

 

but payin' cash

was regular routine

there weren't no credit or debit cards

and all banks were local

 

you either had the cash

or you didn't

if you didn't

you saved until you did

 

dollars and cents

...

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Waves of Poems

 

 

Waves of poems

are in my bones

It seems I can't leave

them alone

 

Poems pull and tug

till out they come

the mystery is

why I am prone

 

No turning back

control I lack

where there is one

there are much more

 

Poems ebb and surge

till they emerge

like waves crash on

the waiting shore.

 

 

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Plastic Jesus

 

Plastic Jesus on the dashboard

St. Christopher pinned to the visor

a rosary around the rear view

all the insurance he needs

just in case

he hits a fire hydrant or a house

or another speeding car

 

when the flashing lights come on

one last gulp before he's pulled over

patted down and tested

he walked the line

but fell off before the end

 

drunk tank bl...

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His Own Little World

 

He cannot remember

his own name or

those of his children

has no idea where he is

he has become disconnected

from the past

knows only the moment

 

his spouse is the one who suffers

he just wanders around

not realizing who he is

not knowing or understanding

where he is

 

all the pressure is on her

the feeding

the bathing

the watching after

 

...

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ROOTS

 

A pig can root

so can a tree

root beer is neat

root for your team

a root canal

is not so keen

roots make no noise

compared to beans.

 

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Song Of The Wild Geese

 

In the early morning

great flocks of geese

fly overhead

 

honking in exuberance

exhilarated with the morning

the beauty of the lake

the snap of cool air

 

they announce their presence

with joyful noise

like trumpeters warming up

an orchestra in the sky

 

singing so jubilantly

as if they had just discovered life

found happiness

in the sunrise

...

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Fish & Visitors

 

 

Fish and visitors

smell after three days

 

make them go away

to heaven we pray

 

dear God make them leave

we beg you persuade

 

fish and visitors smell

make the smell go away.

 

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RAINBOWS

 

My life not lived

in cars or planes

or cruise ships

 

all my rainbows

found

in treasured words

 

with any luck

I'll find my

pot of gold

 

a finished poem

the end of every

rainbow's arc.

 

 

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Margins

 

Need we have margins

straight as they be

lines of our limits

defined boundaries

 

Restricted spacing

that seeks to impede

squeezed between margins

with less opportunity

 

Let us instead be

boundless and free

with limitless freedom

where men can succeed

 

Margins confine us

to conformity

freedom becomes us

our margin of victory.

 

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Refurbished Poem

 

Take an old poem

that was stored up in the attic

set it up on a desk and go to work

strip off the old worn out cliches

fill in the holes of missing words

then sand it down

to the bare essentials

put on a good primer

to give it an even base

then finally paint it

with a bright shiny enamel

of imagery and meter

don't leave any bumps

let it sit

let it dry

...

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Going To Get The Mail

 

I told my wife

I'm going down to the mail box

if I'm not back in 30 minutes

it's because I have fallen

and can't get up

 

she replied

make sure you fall on the lawn

and not into the street

you know how the HOA is

they have that No Litter policy.

 

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