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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 01:26 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Les Keress **


I DREAM OF YOU, EVELYN

I dream of you, Evelyn.
We stuck once
to the bathroom floor
from hair spray.
Evelyn, my Mother liked you.
She never stuck to the floor.
Maybe, that would’ve saved her marriage?

I dream of you, Evelyn.
Your husband beats, uses
that pretty head of yours like a
wrecking ball,
and that hole in the wall . . .
is that your signature
as you bleed stucco?

Evelyn, your baby never got past the womb.
Life’s nothing more than a rented room,
and when you pay . . .
THE END is your receipt.

I dream of you, Evelyn.
As your TV Guide horoscope said,
“Avoid Viagra men that fly the American flag,
cause opposites attract the destitute desperate
desperadoes that’ll lasso ya,
and brand ya theirs!”

I dream of you, Evelyn . . .
then that enormous stretching of
muscles interrupts when I
dream . . .
the past, my medicine.

I dream of you, Evelyn.
We stuck once
to the bathroom floor
from hair spray.
Evelyn, my Mother liked you.
I dream . . .
your blood, my receipt.


PERFECT WORLD

Had a dream where this world’s perfect.
Perfect as a July summer night.
O, yes all the single men are gay,
and the bars are filled with women
from all around the world waiting just
for me.

Miniskirts, bikinis and Woodstock happens
every summer cause it’s always 1969;
and every poetry recital I go to I’m the feature poet,
get paid for metaphors.
All the poets have me stay at their houses,
apartments, mansions.
They lend me their cars and ask,
“Do you need any money?”
Poets are so nice in this magical fantasy;
a dream I never want to leave.

Had a dream . . . the beach I’m at
is a lukewarm pizza.
Instead of sand and scaly fish
it’s mushrooms, onions, green peppers
and black olives gettin’ caught between my toes,
and the Atlantic Ocean is my favorite beer
to swim in.

Dolphins are drunk day and night,
and the sharks are confused.
They wonder in bubbly yellow water
what fish to eat.
I swim at ease knowing it’s only a dream,
I never want to leave.

Had a dream where the trees in my backyard
were all green with money,
and nobody cares to peek
since I drive a beat up jalopy with holes and rust,
dress like a hobo,
but then people wonder
how can I buy for someone so poor . . .
I mean poor, poorer than poor,
a Cadillac?

Easy, my friend it’s a dream
I dream every night as I sing, “Hello, I love you!”
Jim peeks from the coffin
with a smile.

Had a dream where it was against the law
to get up before noon.
The pretty police woman in her halter top
and miniskirt writes a ticket
for drinking coffee too early.
Pull the shades down,
with singing birds
Jim peeks from the coffin,
again with a smile.

Had a dream where this world’s perfect.
Perfect as a July summer night.
O, yes all the bookstores have me
as their bestseller of all time.
I’m the poet of the century.
There’s nothing you can do about it.
Just accept it!
Of course you will,
it’s my dream.

A perfect world every night.


Les Keress says: " Was born in a hospital. Don’t remember. Maybe because the food was bad?
Anyway, it lead me to my first poetic experience as a baby. Yeah, I remember. Cried my first poem, and wrote it years later as tears leaped from the box, drawn from that energy, gives me at 50 the taking, is the balance. Still leaping from the Arlington Poetry Project, we poets keep on keepin’. Oh, boy! Yup, in a suburb of Chicago I give back my precious wealth of metaphors, similes. Amazing! And working at two jobs: one a defense plant, and the other a junior college library. Amazing! That poetry, like mine with all the distractions can live like this, online."


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