Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Childhood linoleum

I remember sitting on ugly furniture.
Smooth, leather-like, durable, it was
A collection of a clear Caribbean taste,
Brighter and more colorful than
My tiny bedroom encased in brown paneling.

I remember my black vinyl childhood self
Go-go dancing in the living room
With abdominal pains,
Wearing black paisley lederhosen,
Face down on the flooring
Like a dog on linoleum,
Less constrained,
Pain of salvation still seared
Deep into my memory.

You might remember
The plain homesick poet,
The diamond in the ordinary,
Influenced by a magic pastor's widow,
Tumble yellow spinach every day,
Six thousand pages of manuscripts
And an extensive file to fill the hours.

You might recall a change of seasons,
The half-life of the journey of a thousand miles,
Better than vague memories of
What passes for a first love
Out of your control.
Today, you're most likely to hear
A subtle idiom, breathed. And understood.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 29th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Never underestimate the power of pizza and good conversation with a friend.
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
"the diamond in the ordinary" - love it!
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Wish I'd written it.
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
"I remember my black vinyl childhood self
Go-go dancing in the living room
With abdominal pains,
Wearing black paisley lederhosen"

^ me, too.
Dec. 29th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
literally LOL at "wearing black paisley lederhosen"--never thought I'd see "lederhosen" in a poem.
Dec. 29th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sara. A day I make somebody laugh is a good day.
( 7 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

March 2017

Wish I'd Said It

Nota bene: “Fear has governed my life, if I think about it. ... I always feel like I’m not good enough for some reason. I wish that wasn’t the case, but left to my own devices, that voice starts speaking up.” – Trent Reznor

“I hate to say this, but not many people care what you do. They care about what you do as much as you care about what they do. Think about it. Just exactly that much. You are not the center of the universe.” — Laurie Anderson

"The path's not yours till you've gone it alone a time." – William Carlos Williams

“Filling this empty space constitutes my identity.” – Twyla Tharp

"My definition of peace is having no noise in my head." – Eric Clapton

"The wreckage of the sky serves to confirm us in delicious error." – John Ashbery

"We are all here by the grace of the big bang. We are all literally the stuff of the stars." – Dwight Owsley

"For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream." – Vincent van Gogh

"It is only with the heart that one can see right; what is essential is invisible to the eye." — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Forget about being a perfectionist, because entropy always wins out in the end." – Darren Kaufman.

"Impermanence. Impermanence. Impermanence." – Garry Shandling

"Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion." – Mark Twain

"There is no realm wherein we have the truth." – Gordon Lish

"Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere." – E.M. Forster

“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe." – Frank Zappa

“I try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip.” – Elmore Leonard

“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.” – Voltaire

• Journal title and subtitle: Ian Hunter, “Man Overboard”


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow