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PETER DAVIS.June 2022


PETER DAVIS

Photo by Jeff Sirkin


 

THE BASIC PLOT

She was

excited.

No, she

was dead.

He was

happy.

No, he

was lost.

They were

tired.

No, they

were Polish.

They were

destroyed.

No, they

made

banana

bread.

 

 

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GROWING UP POOR

Witchcraft

is a sorry

excuse

for a

science

project.

 

 

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A TREMENDOUS CRY

Then the dead fish,

the insects in the garage,

everywhere torture. Then

cricket legs, etc.

In this environment

it was hard to earn

my needed degree

in radiology.

 

 

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YOUNG SOMETHING

It’s so beautiful

to be so beautiful,

but it’s even more

beautiful to be

more beautiful.

 

 

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DEAR GIRAFFE

Please

return my

copy of

Joseph Heller’s

Catch 22.

 

 

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THE TROUBLE WITH TROUBLE

After fights, after

kisses and screams,

after hospital visits

and karate class,

after novels,

local award shows

and dinner parties,

Trouble still sits where

it sat before.

Fanning itself

with a human hand.

 

 

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12,000 MILES TO HELL

I understand that

the exact distance is

slightly lower,

but I’m rounding up!

 

 

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THE ROSARY CALLED TIME

How clear it is

we will all die and

yet, how badly

I want to watch TV!

 

 

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NO BOB

It was as if

Robert Frost

wrote a poem

about Robert Frost

writing a poem

and yet it was

also as if there

was no Robert

Frost, no poem,

no way out of this

persistent life.

 

 

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PETER DAVIS


Peter Davis
lives and works in Muncie, Indiana. He’s published four books of poetry: Hitler’s Mustache, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, TINA, and Band Names and Other Poems. More info about his work (including his music project, Short Hand) can be found at artisnecessary.com.

 

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June 2022.PETER DAVIS