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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