Jay Sizemore


A poem for Bob Dylan

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Photo by Ariel on Unsplash

With words he builds a shadow form,
a silhouette imperfect and blindly born
from songs and strings strumming chords,
the poet is your Chupacabra.
He wails and croons his off-key tunes
in rhyme and whine he bends his spoons
around wind chimes breaking moons
he whispers abracadabra.
But the awards you give
are just decoration
for a world full of things,
not asking for recognition.

Is he a genius of chameleon fraud
or enigmatic fake like every god
festooned across such fading facades,
a black hole to put your faith in.
To pull the puzzle apart
you sometimes have to break your heart
and find inside the dying art
of loving the sinner and the sin. …

A poem

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Photo by Jack Finnigan on Unsplash

~ for Terry Pratchett

In the leaves, someone plays a fugue,
the Writer asks them to stop, it’s distracting
from a scene in which a wizard
pulls an ocean out of his throat.

But the music continues to swell,
drowning out his thoughts
until the ocean goes slipshod,
spilling off the page,

and Death appears saying, “SEE,
The Writer laughs, “Look at this water,
it’s ruining my notebooks,

the memoirs of my life reduced
to soggy wafers of smeared ink!
How funny, I’m drowning in words.”
The ocean spews forth in waves,

his home now a gulf
riddled with furniture and floating books,
swollen like fish in the sun. He smiles
and grabs a couch cushion. …

A list of possible reasons to vote for the incumbent

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Image by M. H. from Pixabay

You should vote for Donald Trump if you’re a racist. If you secretly wish you could call black people the N-word without repercussion. If you hold the view that BLM is a terrorist organization that is somehow trying to oppress white people. If you think all immigrants from Mexico are probably rapists and thieves. If you’re convinced the suburbs need to be protected from invaders to insulate the wholesome communities of whiteness. If you think Racial Sensitivity Training is abusive.

You should vote for Donald Trump if you believe people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland, all somehow deserved what they got. If you have a confederate flag hanging in your house, right next to a Thin Blue Line flag. If you shop for white pillow cases, and think about things like how easily you can cut holes in them. …


Jay Sizemore

Provocative truth teller, author of 14 poetry collections. Cat dad. Dog dad. Currently working from Portland, Oregon. Learn more at: Jaysizemore.com.

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