i’m giddy how’d this happen?

i’m giddy how’d
this happen? all
i know is i was out
in the aristocracy
of light
the sky-clouds pickled pink
and grey and nameless
shades of orange
the earth and air aglow
in regal farewell
to the sun and e. e. cummings never
had critical
acceptance since
he’s playful and speaks
to everyone so
why bother?
the intellectual strivers
and their pomegranate prizes
will forever strive
and T.S. Eliot
read so many books

i saw
a rainbow
out there

like a kid–the rain-
bow i mean–
sitting in a mud-
puddle making
mud-puddle cakes
and beaming;
it’s not defiance it’s gargantuan
grinning at all they deem
holy—and holy shit
they’re shrunk
they’re shrunk into
their heads!
but i’ve spread out

to sky and i came
home and how
did that potato

the best
that’s ever swelled
inside the earth and how’d
i get that mix of salt
and butter? how’d i get it
cooked to consent,
so yielding—like it loved me—
to my teeth?


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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