Selected Poems by J. Blake Gordon

March 31, 2017






how could this have happened





i hear a crash, it's larry, his travel mug

landed upright

in the middle of a puddle

of coffee, at his feet, where he stands

(having fallen?)


fellow workers have gathered around,

all still, and larry is still


i stop, having stepped out into the hall

from the room with the refrigerators

and microwave ovens

at the instant after


larry looks at me, surprised


i too am surprised





take it away





dwindling, dawdling, demonstrating, demonstrative


whispering, prohibitive, inhibited, distressed


pretended, extended, distracted, distended


it's a good life, if you think of it 


you have to accept people for who they are


figure out what it is that's bothering you


be alone, be together, or be whatever


stop assigning meaning to everything


when they say something comes from the heart


it really means the brain








how to stay alive





pay attention, your full attention


wear comfortable shoes, light jackets, have patience


see doctors, stay active, curious, learning, earning


enjoy food, books, music, friends, family, animals


nature, water, shelter, language, time, partnership


gratitude, hygiene, humility, community, humanity


sleep, smile, and die (without really dying)








J. Blake Gordon lives in Chicago, works as a product copywriter. His poetry collection love calls out to love is forthcoming.

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