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why i write shards

Why I Write Shards

 

A witch doctor
rubbed spittle
on my
eyelids
in the
jungles of
Belize.

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wilted daisies of the american dream

Wilted Daisies of the American Dream

 

Oh,
wilted daisies
of the
American Dream–
put down your
leaf blowers.

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write this way

John Bennett

John Bennett

Write This Way

Occasionally
what I
write coincides
with what
people think
& then
they say
why don’t
you write
like this
all the time?

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swinging around venus

Swinging Around Venus

Just when
Ground Control
has thrown
in the
towel on
Major Tom
his spacecraft
comes swinging
around Venus
& there
he is
loud & clear,
singing
a repertoire
of Little
Richard songs.

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why i play the harmonica

Why I Play the Harmonica

When’s the
last time
you saw
someone
whip out
his piano
while sitting
around a
campfire?

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why humpty dumpty can’t be put together again

Why Humpty Dumpty Can’t Be Put Together Again

 

Lima beans
from Chile
anchovies from
Brazil,
wild horses
on the
Pampas,
Humpty Dumpty
took a spill.

 

Out poured
all the secrets
that mother
locked away,
the ones about
your father
who didn’t
let you
have your say,
the times
you were
alone at
night &
half the
reasons why,
the things that
made you bitter,
the things that
made you cry.

 

And with this
information
you were
free to
start anew,
but did you
little buckaroo,
or did you
bury what
you knew?

 

We all know
the answer —
wild horses
on the Pampas,
Humpty Dumpty
took a spill.

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