NOTO Burrito in Topeka on 9/04/2019

Speak Easy Poetry Open Mic (6th anniversary)

Small sliver in a grey river
shrivel and shiver, trampled,
please deliver  us warmth
if just for a moment,
if you would
Drench with comfort,
dry with love, only
for a moment, only
if you could.
I’ll get your weak wisping
hair from my eye
when I take the blade
to my scalp & shave 
from myself my need
for a better me
for you
you will see
The truth in your eyes
my love in your heart
Someday will be far away
but now —now is most precious
for new beginnings
there is no other time
In this moment, we are
finding ourselves anew,
who we are together
in this world of individuality
Lines blur
emotions blend
and identities meld
as we all change
we lose and gain
Gain love, lose friends
growing and aging is
who we are, as humans
Safety no matter the cost
We lose a lot and gain a lot
but love is always around
I want to love you guy’s a lot
even the people I don’t know

Exquisite corpse: (from the French term cadavre exquis), A method by which a collection of words or images are collectively assembled. I collected these poems as I traveled through Kansas. These poems are written collectively by Kansans at readings, open mics and workshops. The titles of each poem are the locations and dates where they were assembled. They are part of Exquisite Kansas, a collection to be published at the end of my laureateship.


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