Don Tiedemann

Rookie - 76 Points (2/23/1950 / Baltimore, Md)

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  • Brian Purdy (1/5/2012 11:24:00 PM)

    To the writer: Liked your poem 'I Know...'. Feel, however, that poem might better conclude with second last stanza, which I find both witty and truthful. Present conclusion seems to add nothing the poem might do very well without.

  • Julie Vognar (1/4/2012 6:52:00 AM)

    Yes, I like them too.

  • John Raubenheimer (1/3/2012 8:05:00 PM)

    I like your poems Don. It's encouraging to find a poet of your calibre on these pages.

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Best Poem of Don Tiedemann


they are
the margin notes of city life
details optional to any story

they are
the dragon guardians of back porch beer kegs
fiercely discharging smoke thru pursed lips

they lean
in garage doorways
reading folded papers

they sit
on the office building stairs
next to melting snow

pulling unbuttoned sweaters tight
discussing whatever a lit match
might stimulate

they worry
and sometimes even talk
about their weight, children, sex life...

and then
dismiss it all in the brief cease-fire
life will honor ...

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