David Lehman

(June 11, 1948 / New York City)

A Quick One Before I Go - Poem by David Lehman

There comes a time in every man's life
when he thinks: I have never had a single
original thought in my life
including this one & therefore I shall
eliminate all ideas from my poems
which shall consist of cats, rice, rain
baseball cards, fire escapes, hanging plants
red brick houses where I shall give up booze
and organized religion even if it means
despair is a logical possibility that can't
be disproved I shall concentrate on the five
senses and what they half perceive and half
create, the green street signs with white
letters on them the body next to mine
asleep while I think these thoughts
that I want to eliminate like nostalgia
0 was there ever a man who felt as I do
like a pronoun out of step with all the other
floating signifiers no things but in words
an orange T-shirt a lime green awning


Comments about A Quick One Before I Go by David Lehman

  • G. Akanji Olaniyi (12/16/2015 8:39:00 AM)


    Very playful and treatable! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (4/26/2012 6:29:00 PM)


    a sweet and thought provoking poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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