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Fixing the Omens


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Fixing the Omens


Lived on sugar and coffee today

Don’t want to admit

how little money I have

set aside


You know how it is

All the women I attract

were suicidal


So you follow your heart and the omens

someplace strange and different

a land of big dreams and little dogs

and until the feral bright green parrot


cawed in the tree

I didn’t know what I was doing here

That’s how it is

this life


Of awkward moments

long pauses sudden glances

I worry about the collapse


feeling fine

My housemate gave me a ride back

from that cheap food place

in the possessed car


It purred when I got in

a far cry from the demonic roar

it let out when I was not dreaming


You understand of course

why I no longer drink

but spent my last

few dollars


On fine sake and beer.

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Hi DC, This is really good! I am with you all of the way through. The poem flows with logic through surprising images.. And I get it... The feral parrot is genius... How So California that is...So you left SF for LA, hmmm.



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David W. Parsley

Sigh. That isn't fair, Tink. I don't "get" the poem at all, even less after reading your exposition! I just kind of like the leaping cadence of image shift, the sense of change that sets upon us or we set upon the flow of life. Other than that, I confess to being lost. (In LA!) An enjoyable tour, Doc.


- David

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Thanks Tinker & David- This in a bizarre way is what I call a 'shopping list' poem- If you've never had that particular list it can (and does) become confusing;-) I appreciate both your experiences with this and thank you for taking the time to read;-)


J&DC- lost in LA due to trying to 'Fix the Omens' Which I'm pretty sure is the name of my next collection;-)

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think it's remarkably fluid, Juris. A typical day? I find that the same things are on my mind every day, like every day I'm on the same journey in a slightly different dream.



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