Joseph is a social worker from Massachusetts.
© 2008 Joseph Reich
the hot ice man dead-asleep in truck outside the luxury hotel at dawn
the world news delivered to damp curb
a sign put up in the lobby for the cosmetologist convention
the salesmen who are "good family men"
still fast-asleep in a drunk stupor
after a night out on the town
with drag queens and hookers.
from "Holiday-Like Stanzas":
At The Peak Of...
A fire-truck drizzled in drizzle
cruising from the city
rattling to the woods
You go down to the ocean
to come to terms
with your dreams & nightmares
The old wicked man in bifocals
Mermaids having seizures
at the close of season
Carnival animals catching a breath of fresh air
The wolves and the windsurfers
She unzips her suit
(all the best laid plans...)
Out here they really
do have hair like corn silk
and are natural and blush the breezy breath of apples
and you being the male that you are
paradoxically yet appropriately
think of them in compromising positions
(They have a melancholy
salt-of-the-earth way about them
always the girls from the country
from the ocean from the mountains)
The field-hockey girls and ballerinas
dropped off in the whipping winds
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