Posted in Antarctica


Billy Joel penned two songs archiving his ascent
‘ Piano Man ’
a loving obituary to those passed on the way up
‘ The Entertainer ’
kiss and tell
of cheap success
shark agents
one night shows and one night stands
of lessons learned
by making the same mistake twice.

Some people never have a first name
he was just Kearney
the night baker
he seemed to belong to night
even here, where there was none.

I told him we’d been through this
already been through it before
there wouldn’t be a third time.
He was quiet
no opposition
just like the first time.

I said I hoped he understood
face empty of expression
his eyes slowly blinking
a screen waiting for the download.
Match met?

Mission accomplished walks away
air rushes past
a bird escaping from a cage.
The knife thudded into scrim
wrist width accuracy.

For the back story click Backstage



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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