i want to paint

i want to paint
you a picture of my town.
all the people dress
like they’d never read
an issue of Vanity Fair.
i want you to see the sorry
lot of characters i see
and the county courthouse
at one end of main street,
three blocks long, the storefronts
yelling “bail bonds,” the law
offices and antique stores;
the tiny old woman in the huge straw hat,
oversized sunglasses and bright red t-shirt
that says “if you’re rich, I’m single,”
at the bus stop;
the four fat people
hanging around in the shade
talking and laughing by
the Amtrak station

i want you to picture
me on my bike
racing past all this
as fast as i can pedal


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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