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(September 4th,1989 / Milwaukee, WI)

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I write my name down on paper
paper that has a unrealistic desire
to be vellum

I read what I have written
for a sense of authenticity
more authentic than my image
reflected in a mirror stained with mildew
and toothpaste

The words on this paper
anyone can read
bums, whores, addicts,
and the broken old men
whose hope died
in the past

I write
but I don't speak
what I write
details what I see

The things I see
O, the things I see
could invoke suicidal tendencies
in a child who still believes
in Christmas carols
and hunting Moby Dick
whom rules the seas

How tragic it is
to let fleeting imagination
slowly die among the magic spelling
of the words we once spoke
on Christmas Eve

And now I sit
with the adulterated gift
of alcohol
and nicotine
writing down words on paper
whom wish to be vellum
but realistically
could never be

Submitted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Edited: Friday, December 21, 2012

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Possibly, a tragic coming of age poem for the holidays.

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  • Frederick Kesner (11/26/2012 8:44:00 AM)

    Vellum used to be a symbol for graduation, a token for a modern rite of passage, of coming of age, if you will.
    I much enjoyed the shards of images that appear to shatter and strike the reader-listener as the poem progresses. I am pleased at having this poem introduce me to your work and world.

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