People come up to you and tell you they miss reading about your life and you wonder who else is out there, checking your updates- confirming their curiosities. You wonder why you write- for you or for them? Then there is too much pressure and you are busy and life happens and you forget to post something about that beautiful comment a girl made to you on a night last week and all of a sudden its too late.
I'm hosting my first party saturday night. It promises to be epic. Last time it was practically a rave in a dim sum resuraunt in china town. This time will be even better.
What I was thinking while she was reading her poem at the open mic last night:
Stop talking about what you want your poem to do and just DO it.
You're wasting your words. my time.
telling me all the dirty things you want to do to me while I'm naked in front of you and never laying a finger on me.
Like your metaphors.
Your two-bit thesaurus flowery language as though
being vague was a prerequisite of becoming a poet
as though real meaning is too heavy.
I don't care for abstract art.
16 black squiggly lines are not the travels of odysseus and
that intergalactic constellation of fascinating cohabitation with sweet relations like the roots of the african nation means only this:
you need to learn how to think outside the rhyme.
there is more to a word than the sound that lingers at the end of it.
Don't speak another language.
I'm just going to spend the rest of this uncomfortable sticky plastic couch experience thinking about what those awkward foreign sounds meant.
I cling to my stella like a lifeboat. Not done yet.
worse, you're mentioning politics.
blah blah blah broken heart dog cat obama
every time you put in a dollar you get a soda
every time you say fuck the police you get a cheer
You make me want to apologize for calling myself a poet.
I'm sorry I was never raped
abused, black or hispanic in america, dirt poor
sorry I can't memorize three poems and recite them
for years sorry
I don't want to preach politics to the converted sorry
I never lost a best friend or had a sex change operation
I am sorry I hate rhymes and I am sorry I hate long poems and
Sorry I didn't name drop ghandi or the baby I had from when I was 16 who is surprisingly well-adjusted.
I guess, I'll shut up.
No really, that rasta guy over there has some important things to say.
I love you- but I think we need some time apart.
You're seeing other people, I hear stories
and I know I shouldn't compare
like that time my boyfriend cheated on me with a maxim magazine blonde
but I can't help thinking sometimes:
Poetry, when I witness you in your new lovers mouths-
I feel like maybe my words could use some plastic surgery
become sharper, lifted, perked, more fit for slam consumption
I can't sit here and listen to you be stripped naked of your worth and dumbed down by the fumbling pens and lips of these strangers.
I'm drunk. I am going to pee.