Monthly Archives: January 2015

A taster’s choice… Saturday January 24, 2015  #SchwervonPoetry


A taster’s choice
Earning every meal

Dead pidgeon on a dumpster
Beautiful hotel lights

That guy probably makes
More than both of us

Nice try asshole
Just park your fucking truck

I am confidence builder
You are insecure  one

Picking fights like picking noses
I want you to succeed
in spite of me

“Ice picks on your tongue”
Long underwear on your lips

Breathe in the cold

I know I’m not the man
Who always gets things right

I’m not like Neil Young
I don’t drive cars real fast
I dabble in the dark arts

Watching ourselves
In a fishbowl

It’s painful or peaceful
Ghost of a cat
In the corner of my eye

A choice
A taster’s choice

(This poem was recited for the first time on Saturday January 24, 2015 at Coda in Kansas City, MO)

Next Show Saturday, January 24th @ Coda (KC, MO)

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Touching it doesn’t  Give you power… Saturday / January 10, 2015 #SchwervonPoetry


Photo by Fally Afani

Eyes on the wall
Shooting your mouth

Touching it doesn’t
Give you power
It feeds the fear

I know you want to touch it
But It messes up the painting
For everyone else

It took me years
To imagine myself as cool
Without a cigarette

Walking the stairs
Tasting the gun
Don’t worry
Forgetting the perfect lines
Are just  steps in the right direction

The movies aren’t Even close

The entertainment
Inside the thunderdome
Has a rating scale
All it’s own

Stop caring about all the lying
Everybody lies
They’re like leaves

It’s more important to not eat donuts

Truth or Dare is a game you
Play in Middle school

Is not boot camp for adulthood

Fucking well is only fifteen percent
of your happiness

Most of us live in blankets and sheets
On a cold day
We mistake them our wings

So cold, we can almost feel the stars
They burn tiny marks
Into the skin.

The sky does a lot
From a distance
useless to us

You and I
We are close
We do things
For real
Real close

(This poem was originally recited on January 10, 2015 at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS )