Barf Bag Poem #15

Barf Bag Poem #15

Smith’s diamonds and water,
Now proofed in reverse, splatter
onto boulders, jutting bedrock,
strewn remains of the era soon
to be known as the age of
consumption. Persistent rabbit
sniffs, paws and rejects the booty.
Even water, now spoiled by man,
no longer attracts migrations. Algae
flourishes, geese do not. One Korean
trudges up to boulder knoll, pregnant,
she stops painting, but worries what
type of earth will provide her children.
Dwindling energy means a life with
less. Once abundant wildlife has
already relearned most basic realities.
Can we adapt quickly enough? She
smiles, confident we will figure it out.

Copyright, Doug Stuber, 2005. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given, and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

New Potato

New Potato

Just what are we supposed to
Accomplish
In this leftover culture?
Apathy soup or
Mindless decadence? Meatloaf or gold?

Start modern traditions now.
Discover
Potential by ignoring
Everything they want.
Play hard then dedicate completely.

Jump off, get straight, share yourself.
Initiate
New dances for the timid.
Create vibrant space
And keep the space open to changes.

Publicize your ideas.
Saturate
Your neighborhood with abstract
Lifestyles made of art.
Drop the past like a hot potato.

Copyright, Doug Stuber, 1987. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given, and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Does one blushing smile

Does one blushing smile,
innocent in its attempt
to say hello and
good-bye at
once, qualify as

poetry?
Or must there be some
philosophical
underpinning that
jumps to the fore? Peace

means adult red face
as an opportunity
to blossom, and a
restaurant
where time is itself

worth noting
on this bloody earth,
starved, parched, war-torn tears
flowing, cruelty-
filled type of planet.

So if you’re
munching on plastic chairs at
some seven
eleven, able
to watch life flow by

for an hour,
imagine just how good you
have it, when
in front of backdrop
that’s not so easy.

Copyright, Doug Stuber, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given, and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Christina Ricci and Ice Age Show; Weaver Street at 15

Weaver Street at 15 (March ’04)

Dark-rimmed Carrboronians use muscular
hands to lift and twirl hair in a rain-soaked
morning that leaves moms and kids bewildered.
Over organic oatmeal, Mexican scrambled eggs,
home fries and humus, conversations fly from
clear-cut developments, to eight shades of green,
to upcoming Reiki sessions. Which parts of today
will be remembered tomorrow to tell red-heads
surrounded by admirers, or lost friends waving to
your inner landscape? What about his latest bout
of ego-fusion: cacophonous mumblings accented
by the hysterical giggle of eureka-struck feminists.
Arch-backed stretching maneuvers surface to
draw your eye away from a stunning new arrival.
She gets up, snickering, as soon as the pony-tailed
Latin Studies T. A. approaches the last chair.
Outside the eating end of Weaver Street Market
our red-head now walks a young Siberian Husky.
The post-graduate table fills up, and one last
“wow” of approval wafts back amid “ciao” and
“buh-byes.” A budding socialist smiles, confident.

T.A. = Teaching Assistant.

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