I occasionally do commentary posts that don't make much sense without the poem they accompany.
My old poem-a-day project can be found here, and my reboot here!
Lonely Day Poems II
my best friend plays guitar
in a shower stall while his friends smoke
in June he’s going to Paris
to explore abandoned catacombs
which he loves. yet he is not complicated
we became friends when we shared a truck
under a play structure
at age 2
we are suffering
from a shortage
of bike racks.
for too long have the rusted frames
abandoned by alumni long gone on
besmirched our black iron archways.
what use have I
for a bike without wheels?
no chain? no seat? left with only
a memory of what had been
today my bike sits with my brother’s
a Target sale purchase
once a neon creation of
“look out, I’m coming through”
he graduated in 2010
we tell our graduates to write
go forth into the world
to do the school proud
their bikes are all they leave behind
Regrets from Last Saturday
I waved at him and dissolved into carbonation
orange soda or punch, I like both
and he smiled back
I think he’s into me.
but I know it won’t work
because I take chances when I drink
he caught me when I slipped
I wore heels and can’t dance for my life
he still didn’t laugh at me
he was looking at me
should I have texted him?
I have the same birthday as my favorite Japanese poet (Ryuichi Tamura) and I’m not sure how I forgot that.
dear Nicholas, (what I mean when I say I don’t know)
(a) sometimes we looked at each other or at the dry grass
I sat on a concrete sphere in the dirt; you let me be tall
because I complain about being short and you are considerate
"awkward question of the night,"
I already knew
what I answered
would not make your night brighter
(b) not now.
you are a variable, but
I have too many questions
about “love” and “relationships” and “dating”
(c) I have thought about it
I date you?
mathematical proofs are my weakness
this is instead an explication
of a three-word phrase
(d) you are not at fault
I am trying to buy time for
my mind to run
to find a definite answer
this phrase is 20% filler
80% partial truths
I do mean uncertainty
(e) not now.
(f) but perhaps in the future.
(g) perhaps in the future