customers throng

customers throng
the shopping malls—
monitored, tagged, their sneakers
clean.
it used to be
we had the market-place.
it teemed, you could
get lost, tip over
a giant pan
of boiling grease, steal
a chicken—and
a toothless
man would chase you
with a hatchet.
friendships formed
over chickpea soup
that warmed your hands.
to get all that
now you need
a heart-attack
and a coma, to give you time
to dream

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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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