Stories tagged poetry

Ten lines inspired by a lecherous man ...

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A hymn for her when his head cocks shameless.

In the Life

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You had autumn in your hair I liked the way you sat at a table And drank champagne My past years have carried me To sixteen countries Christ, we have so much to share Listen, I know how the other half lives And we can’t live like that an

I Waited Too Long to Remember

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We're in a sedate forest next to a boisterous beach. The sky is sea green above the trees and forest green above Sinepuxent Bay. Chaste squirrels are keeping a lookout for bad-boy gulls. Kids on circus bikes ride out of the woods into their bathing suits. The…

I Told You I Was a Virgin

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“See, I told you I was a virgin!” My first girlfriend said Pointing at the blood on the bed When I was too inexperienced To know the difference Between hymen and menstrual blood I mean, blood is blood Right? And that was quite a sight B

Not as a Poet

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She's not a poet, but does she have to be? She comes to the reading to read the poems of her recently dead husband, for she made a vow: that she would read his work at an open mic. Now she is keeping her word. It's her way of keeping him alive or maybe it's his way of…

The Museum of Inner Light

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On the way to The Museum of Inner Light Expect delays Expect bumps in the road Expect potholes and such Expect a murder of crows Rolling acorns over the rooftops But what I want to know is who Who eats a butterfly On the way to

Excuse Me, There’s Some Suspicious Activity In the Men’s Room?

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Someone has locked themselves in the large stall They’re smoking one cigarette after another And pulling long stretches of toilet paper off the rolls God only knows for what purpose And yelling for anyone who’s outside the stall To go get them

Bearded Lamb

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I was bleeding from the soul It took its toll I fell all the way down in a hole I saw some burning coal I didn’t know where the hell I was Or what went wrong As I sang some unholy song Where I did not belong There was a frozen carcas

19 Minutes My Ass

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Lately a bull has been licking My cowlick It was somebody’s bull that just wandered over From another pasture I gave them 19 minutes To get the bull out of my yard But all I heard coming from over the fence was “19 minutes my ass”

Instructions for Assembly

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Please be advised to have at least 2 persons to assemble this unit Although it could take close to a dozen Always include at least 2 kibitzers Another 2 or 3 standing around sipping vodka martinis Be sure to have enough olives to go around And b

Origin Story

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My father taught me how to solder and that's when I first started to write. Now, when you hold the soldering iron in your hand and depress the trigger, the tip of the gun heats up. Novices uncoil the solder and place it on the hot tip, but that just results in it…

Hey, Pistolero

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I'm complex. You're complex. We're all complex.Who gives a shit? Man's fallen and he can't get up.I consulted Jacques the Atheist for advice: he toldme to beat it. "But I lack the proper stigma!" I cried.Once a month, I volunteer at the dressage parlor.On Tuesdays, I…

On Tuesday

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When they talk, they put their hands like a cup around their mouth

Our Time, parts V, VI, & VII

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all thinking wears the stink of loss.

Continual Rejection Is Highly Over-Rated

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In your dreams Anything can happen But reality is weird enough Without dreams getting in the way I guess I’ll never forget seeing that Quick sign of the cross Before you came to the side of the bed And the grip that church still had on y