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Flash Poems

June 15, 2010

Several  times over the past 10 years or so, I’ve been exposed to people writing poetry to be shared right in that moment, and drawing on input from the group gathered there.  It’s like ‘flash poetry,’ or instant prose, or something.  And though I’m not sure what to call it, I’ve really enjoyed it.  So when we had a drum circle at church on Sunday, I thought I’d give it a try.  My thanks to my peeps at Common Table for putting up with my nervous efforts.
untitled #1

the houses line up
in vague repeating patterns
like a book of paint samples

beckoning me
to tuck in,
lay back,
get along

and I hum along
with the bland tune
until I hear
a different beat

a primal call
to a reverse commute
toward life
in the here and now

untitled #2

“hey you kids–  get off my lawn!”
yelled the man
of orders and signage
of words and borders

so she did
without raising a fist
or delivering a manifesto
she simply blinked and walked away

went and played in the dirt,
in fact
found flowers and weeds
birds and bugs
in other words

and as she ambled about
discovered other creatures
in fact
likewise finding life
in the dirt

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One Response to “Flash Poems”

  1. Ken Tennyson says:

    Despite the fact that I couldn't remember if you were at the service, I really liked these! Also, your delivery of #2 was epic!

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