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Procrastination harms. It

Eats away at you

The whole time you are not

Doing. The novel draft

 

waiting in a locked drawer –

thick and in need of revision –

The appointment

Calls to make – schedule

the doctor, the dentist,

the student loan payment. (I do not like

 

to use the phone, she said.)

Of course, I know

The doing is easier

Than the not.  Guilt

Eats you

Like a sandwich.

 

But I cannot open

The wounds to bleed.

 

This is Poem #47 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state. Some should’ve most likely never left the book, but here they are.

Rotary phones dialed in. Black

Bakelike receivers

Light up like the red-hot

 

Bat-phone on a mischievous Gotham

Night. “Whom will you

 

Vote for this primary season?”

Who can you trust

When super-pacs and

 

Big Macs run our country

Through attack ads

And fast food commercials?

 

The big lie alluded

Us all. Now,  most are

Too lazy to deconstruct

 

The less than airtight alibis

Of the accused.

 

This is Poem #8 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. These are second drafts of  pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state. Feel free to give useful critique.

The following quotes are scribbled, one horizontally, in my notebook: “Your number’s been disconnected” and “Let me just tase the part of my brain that understands sentence structure.” ~Stephen Colbert

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