faded blues

By FadedBlues



if I write you a poem, will you make me a pastrami

sandwich? (if it’s not too much trouble, a little mustard.)

& coffee, black: cream is fattening, & sugar won’t make

me any sweeter.


I have only poems for barter. my gold has vanished,

because it was gold, & has no permanence, as Robert

Frost explained. my tears were crystal, & were fashioned

into wind chimes, for the children of travelling parents.


& gone is the field I wandered in, to be among flowers,

to sit beneath the story tree, as Nature whispered to me

an ode to drifting clouds, to the ribbons in her hair…


I have only my tattered jeans, reeboks with frayed laces, a

poet’s shirt, blue & oversized, to harbor a searching heart.

and I have my poet spirit.


I have abandoned the old house. the rooms were much too

big, & loneliness is large enough.


I have taken a small flat in American Bohemia.

the ghosts there will teach me how to be a poet.

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Copyright 2013 FadedBlues
Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Psyborg On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Psyborg (15)By person wrote:

    I write fantasy but you write real life... and I like it:) So relatable and honest. No fluff... Perfect picture and feeling. Again thanks for giving me some thing to indulge while in the middle of a staff meeting!

  • FadedBlues On Friday, April 26, 2013, FadedBlues (2938)By person wrote:

    Friends, thanks. there are places where ghosts whisper what they had no time to write, so I go there. it's a long walk...

  • Alchemist On Friday, April 26, 2013, Alchemist (860)By person wrote:

    The whole work is wonderful but the 3rd, 4th and last stanzas are my favorites.

  • M Morgan On Thursday, April 25, 2013, M Morgan (203)By person wrote:

    Really Poet, you are very good. I will Take your words and put on a blender...so many noises to hear. Oh.....

  • Stephanie Sideways On Thursday, April 25, 2013, Stephanie Sideways (302)By person wrote:

    You are such a poetic soul ! This creation makes me fall in love with you a little bit! It can't be helped! X x

  • PoetessDarkly On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, PoetessDarkly (1005)By person wrote:

    damn this is hauntingly delicious!

  • M Morgan On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, M Morgan (203)By person wrote:

    the solitude, the bohemia and madness, make part of poetry and poets. Be mad like now.

  • M Morgan On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, M Morgan (203)By person wrote:

    Very Happy for you Poet. You are our first Poet of the month in a long time. Congratulations.

  • A former member wrote: that second stanza... goddddddd... the ghosts seem to have taken a liking to you.... i'd like a poem, but i'd make you a sandwich any day of the week, anyway you like it just because you're wonderful. no bartering needed.

  • Nehema On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Nehema (1257)By person wrote:

    Jack Kerouac was one of my favorite modern poets, being raised by hippies and all...lol. I always enjoy reading your work because its relevant and flows so smoothly, regardless of rhyming technical schemes, it's always a pleasure, even when it breaks my heart baby. Never change Blues, you are perfect as you are - XXOO Scholar

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