Three years ago I started an experiment with high hopes. Based on the then strictly enforced word limits on Facebook status updates, I decided to try to experiment with poetry that would fit. I see other folks have since done the same thing with the even briefer limitations of Tweeting.
In the rich fantasy world of my head, I envisioned inventing a sort of Haiku for the age of Social Media. I started a page on which I would save these dazzling little gems envisioning it to blossom somehow into, I don’t know, maybe a collection. I was sure that I could come up with something killer almost every day.
Didn’t quite work out that way. I may be naturally too long winded for the medium. Maybe the ol’ creative juices have just slowed to a trickle.
I stumbled on that abortive page or so while trying to find something else. Eight measly entries. And by the end I was straining against the limitations.
Anyway, for lack of anything else in the quiver today, here they are.
Poems for Electrons
A new series
…wrote a poem this morning.
Thought I had forgotten how—
a new beginning?
Everyone works on some kind of wisdom
just doesn’t know it—
the drunk pissing on the third rail—
I and my presumptions.
like the kid on the bicycle
counting his change out of a baggie
for a box of—
Poetry does not come back automatically
throw a leg over this battered Schwinn—
fall off and skin your knee.
In that endless verbose series
stuffed with modifying clauses
the inner Victorian
periods taking a shit.
Pleasantries with a wave and nod acquaintance of some years.
Don’t know each other’s last names.
weather, sports, a bit of family trivia.
A passing word betrays an affiliation.
The eyes narrow, the jaw sets just so.
In an instant the other,
Whose eyes, whose jaw?
...dusk falling with admirable punctuality.
Birds make last visits to the feeder.
The breath of what-is-to-come stirs the skeleton trees.
Getting morning coffee at the convenience store—
a youngish grandmother—
my age probably—
nice blond hair designed to fool nobody,
tight designer jeans from a few years back,
and a diamond stud in her nose.