Thursday, April 19, 2012

3 poems by 3 poets

illustrated by rhoda penmarq and roy dismas





song of the damned number 21


by horace p sternwall



i am just a lonely moocher
with no present past or future
and the windows watch me well
on the rainy street to hell

and my brain begins to hum
for a taste of opium
and its incandescent streams
of fervid fleeting dreams

i would sell my ragged soul
for the tenth part of a bowl
there's nowhere that i wouldn't slink
for just one more - one more drink



all you mandarins and missionaries
in your mansions museums and libraries
will you know a brighter final fate
than the stranger dragging past your gate?










voyager


by wiggly jones, "the little hippie boy"



i'm just a lonely boy, lonely and blue
i go to the library when my books are due
i turn on the tv when its time for my shows
i scratch my head and wiggle my toes

i do everything right on time
my socks are rolled and my poems rhyme
the patriots are my favorite team
and i think reality is just a dream

i sit on my bed because i don't own a chair
they say there's a great big world out there
i've never seen it so how do i know?
my bags are packed and i'm ready to go



here to go and ready to roll
i've got a gypsy in my soul
spring turns to summer, summer to fall
i am still waiting for the call










poem #4


by genghis gilgamesh

have you ever loved a woman
and she didn't love you back?
have you ever been hit by a freight train
when you were walking down the track?

have you ever watched a bumblebee

hover over a flower?

have you ever wished you could live forever

just for one hour?



have you ever watched a raindrop

disappear down a drain?

have you ever stepped on a spider

and never felt its pain?

have you ever gone to the drugstore

and ordered a sandwich there

and eaten it and eaten it and eaten it

until people started to stare?



have you ever loved a woman

and she called you a pathetic fool?

have you ever sat on the sidewalk

and wished you didn't have to go to school?






2 comments:

Peter Greene said...

Awesome!

Dan Leo said...

Yes, And magnificent, and innumerable other adjectives and adverbs.