Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,841 Points (Midwest)

Father Reading The Morning Paper - Poem by Ben Paynter

haphazard photographs flash smiles in black
and white, show old men smoking life away

I read news printed in dark ink
pasted across nothing paper, filled space

of all the world’s emptiness, tied up with
strings, placed on doorsteps, framed for

a later year’s wall, no gray, that’s all
I’ve ever cared about, either all in

or nothing at all, smoke and smoke
and die, or don’t and live awhile longer

don’t just smoke two, don’t just print
a lie and dress it up with color, go

with all the grace of a jackhammer
pound the world home with a pen

yes sir
no sir
i will never be a you

Comments about Father Reading The Morning Paper by Ben Paynter

  • (6/23/2007 12:05:00 PM)

    bending reason, Ben. good work breaking up the lines, here; fine style. course we all know you have style - not a disclosed fact. Very telling poem. best care, sjg (Report) Reply

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  • (6/9/2007 1:31:00 AM)

    A prophetic final stanza Ben - especially with what precedes it! Fine b&w imagery spiced with tendrils of tobacco smoke. Rgds, Ivan (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 9, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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