Thursday, January 15, 2009


I was the little kid
in class
who never paid
whose daydreams were
his slide and swings,
his playground of

I was the chunky
awkward boy
whose skin would
never fit,
fumbling through
a formless fear
he never could

I was the dude
in high school,
when house parties
broke off pairs,
wrapped his arm
around the keg
and woke up
on the stairs;

I’m the guy
who cannot give
a single reason
waits for
something great
to come
from mediocrity;

I will be the old man who,
in a wal-mart vest,
smiles as you
hurry past,
as his



K.Lawson Gilbert said...

You come up with the best titles! (not to mention poems) ;O

Great timeline poem. Love the way you illustrate the progression from little daydreamer to an old man who thinks he is unimportant.
Stanzas 2 and 5 stand out for me. Love the originality of this, its freshness, et. al.

Thanks for yet another wonderful poem. You have made Thursday my favorite day!

RachelW said...

Resumain't; I love it!

S.L. Corsua said...

Loved the rhyme in the first three stanzas (especially the 'fit--admit' of the second); the beat there did feel right as the subject matter was youth (the kid, the boy, the dude). ;)

Julie said...

I love this poem, especially the last stanza. "Inconsequential/as his/best" is so powerful. I always think of these things when I see people who seem to be on the "outside," and I wonder what their life is like. You have described it perfectly here. This outsider applauds your beautiful work:)

maaga..... said...

this is tite!!! loved it!

man, the 4th stanza, the 4th stanza...

you do it every time...

Moanerplicity said...

Strange how a poem can move me and make me LOL at certain times as well. That third verse worked on both these emotions. Once again, I am left floored at how you've written what could well be an autobiography in poetic form!
And you've done it w/ such skill, clarity and precision.



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Karen said...

This poem encompasses every age and certainly captures the essence of the speaker! Totally enjoyable!

Hope you don't mind my nosing in here. I found you on Breathing Poetry.