Key West


Key West

Someday I’ll write the proper poem, with crescendoing thoughts

Like the end of a symphonic train,

Or the approach of a mile long freight

Caught at a vacant crossing on a desert night

Watching the stars twinkle to the signal gate alert

White, red, white, red, white, red

Like the gumball chase atop the village black and white

When the thin blue line gets stretched

And the interstate run for freedom simply gets arrested.


Every one has a poem like that simmering inside them,

Like the sulfure laden paint pots of Yellowstone

Discovering they are too yellow to travel far,

And so they build up presure

Like so much trapped steam

That gets vented in some prodigal geyser of emotion

Too hot to handle, too surprised by the timing of it all

To ever capture the essentials,

Overexposed, and undevelped like a drive-in movie.


There was once when I felt it didn’t matter what I wrote,

Or choosing which lane to drive

While sitting in an eight lane parking lot

During an oxymoronic rush hour or two

But that was when I really had no where to go

Like some hobo heroine reaching Key West

Eating out of bins behind five star resturants.

I felt her touch my cheek, just before she kissed me,

While I, sighing like that vagabond, knew I’d reached paradise.


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bloomingsun commented on Key West


each try at writing leaves me feeling there is more to say, more to show, always more... this expresses that so well and in such a unique way, coming around to it in lovely ripples. love it!

ginga commented on Key West


Harver, Your longing for a poem that inspires you, (as your theme here) only enhances this poem that much more and is a clever strategy for drawing in the readers like a fish on a hook. I love the poem and where it all ends up. A magnificent poem indeed! ginga



Thanks, ginga. I think I am usually satified with my efforts upon completion, but on another site, another poet gave scant praise for my rigidity to a rhyme scheme without reference to metaphors that were "universal." So I wrote this little piece about how fleeting contentment usually ends up being. HT

The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)

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