Friday, March 26, 2021

SAFE DISTANCE EDITION - Stone Soup Croutons, 3-24-21: A Wacky Morning DJ Lets You Know You Lost

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions picked from Stone Soup Poetry's open mic readers and features. I figure out a title (and sometimes the rest of the poem) later. You can read the other ones I've done since 2015 here.

I also have an award nominated book out now collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it. 

Jason Wright killed it on Wednesday. When Jason Wright reads, odd things sometimes happen. Because it was a Zoom event and none of us were in the same room, Jason had to instigate some of the weirdness. It was his old school radio antics throughout the night that inspired the poem's title. 

I appreciate Jason making my work easier. Thank him by contributing to The Oddball Foundation. Thanks for reading.

A Wacky Morning DJ Lets You Know You Lost

Karma is the exact same roach
you failed to kill years ago
come back to your new home.

The fairly tale you waited 
so long to start up? 
Already over. 

Banish the idea 
you're more than collateral
in someone else's blockbuster.

The sharks have already dashed 
from the pool hall with
your cash, on to the main scam.

The code to save the world
flew over your head
to the real protagonist

while you choked on dust
from all of the rats
that passed you by.

All that hope and faith,
and you still need more 
than two dollars to buy a soda.

What to keep, other than regret?
Here's your shopping cart
as a consolation prize.

Hang up now. The men 
were talking real talk.
Weren't you listening? 

Go back to bed. If you
even have one. God,
even prisoners have cots.

When you wake, make 
a foundation from your
own drowned bones,

tie them together 
with the only bootstraps
you've ever needed.

Be your own building blocks,
your own IMDb page. Even 
failures make great presidents.

Focus on more money making,
less meditation. You just might
tread above ground. Next caller!

Liked John Stickney so much, I included him twice?

Special thanks to Erik Tate, Patricia Carragon, John Stickney, Ed Gault, Bil Lewis, Carol Weston, Ethan Mackler, Nancy Dodson, C.C. Arshagra, Mignon Ariel King, Jan Rowe, James Van Looy and Jason Wright.

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