Loitering on Earth

Next time the cops “whaddaya doin here”
and you wanna
…………………………..break out of the script
try telling them…………..  “writing poetry”

Long pause
Stone face

You’re
observing – absorbing – noticing – staring –
lazing – loafing – goofing – linking – juxtaposing –
brooding – figuring – suffering – writing

If you really wanna crack the script
…………………..show them your poetry

ambiguity – ellipsis – paradox – irony –
personification – meiosis – oxymoron –
sesquipedalianism – litote –
catachresis  

As the script fragments
insist “These fragments I have shored against…”
Until one says, “It doesn’t rhyme
………………………..and you’re back on script:

“Dispatch – responding to 10-14 – 10-26 signal 13 – a soap dodger –
need a 10-29 – trip zeros – a mope – Adam Henry – affirmative 647(c) –
hookem and bookem? – no paper – stick time – sucking air syndrome –
curbside counseling – catch and release – 10-4”

which all comes down to
“Move along. You can’t write poetry here”

“The sidewalk or America?”
Keep this last part to yourself —
you can’t pen poems
………………………………….in handcuffs

Posted for dVerse Poetics: Revolution on July 21, 2020 by merrildsmith.

Episode 3 of the PoJo Show — a podcast mixing poetry, spoken word, music, and sound — is now up on the Sound Files page and on my YouTube channel.

20 thoughts on “Loitering on Earth

  1. You really do want to see a human being’s head explode, don’t you. lol Vision’s of The Robot on “Lost in Space” are coming to mind: “Does not compute.” I do like your idea of flipping the script. Revolutionary poetry on every corner.

  2. Interesting use of lists, shape, space and punctuation, Jedediah! I like the ‘almost-dialogue’-ness of this poem, but how distressing are the lines:
    “Move along. You can’t write poetry here”
    and
    ‘you can’t pen poems
    ………………………………….in handcuffs’.

    1. Jedediah Smith

      I grew up on those “composition by field” poets of the 60s. Sometimes, they take over my writing and layout.

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