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Of Course

Bill Wyman outcast in the Rolling Stones
by music and talent
perhaps not
bedded 2000 women – more probably he thought.

Can one person remember? 2000 opening lines
2000 hotel rooms
2000 post coital cigarettes.

Did he triage memory?

Comparative is best when only two
and inevitable.

There were only two –
two Antarctic winters,
one in the 1980’s and one in the 90’s.

Second time and I couldn’t help myself
Someone asked one day
I replied, “we worked harder than anyone here.”
His eyes rolled : why did I bother asking.


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.