it doesn’t matter if you’re wrong

it doesn’t matter if you’re wrong
it doesn’t matter if you’re fat
it doesn’t matter if you’re living in a zoo
the giraffe’s neck is way too long—
nobody thought that would fly
ridiculous creatures float
a mile down in
the ocean
smiling

oh wash yourself
clean every morning!
wash off the magazines and billboards
wash off the rolling eyes
wash off the quiet libraries,
the recent studies and everything
they suggest
i know you can’t do it at work
but find a place
to flame

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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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