face in shadow

clamoring



emptying casino
ashtrays
all night
& sweeping trash off the floors
the high-class women heading toward
the gambling tables
ignore me

so do the coupon tourists rushing off
the excursion bus
clamoring
to beat
each other
to the slot machines

-- Jim Wittenberg
11/28/2010
face in shadow

imagination

you imagined
you slapped me
& my cheek felt the pain
you imagined
I was going to fall
off my bike
and I’m still nursing
a bruise on my knee
you imagined
you & me
together
forever
but it hasn’t happened
though I do feel
the allure

you have imagined
so many things
concerning the two of us
that I feel
I need to say
stop it! stop it now!
get a hobby
or something
and keep me out
of your imagination

-- Jim Wittenberg
8/21/2010
  • Current Music
    New Deal Blues by The Waco Brothers
face in shadow

tablecloth

the man with the moose head
growing from
his
neck
is doodling
on the tablecloth

I’d ask him
to stop
but his doodles
are better than the poems
I’m writing on the floor

-- Jim Wittenberg
8/6/2010
  • Current Music
    Kingdom Of Rench by Benedikt Reising et al
face in shadow

how many pieces?


pieces of my brain
drop
thru cracks in my skull
& people pick up these pieces
of my brain
trying to hand them back to me
but I refuse to take them

I don’t know what these things
are that people
are handing to me
I don’t know that they are pieces
of
my
brain
that have dropped thru
cracks in my skull

and I refuse to take these things
people are handing to me

do you take things that people
hand to you
without asking questions?

yes?
then maybe I should ask you
how many pieces
of
your
brain
have dropped
thru cracks in your
skull?

-- Jim Wittenberg
8/6/2010
  • Current Music
    Place des Vosges by Ivo Perelman
face in shadow

stuffed toys

my dog barks at a row
of stuffed toys someone placed
along the fence
I tell him to shush
I’m ambivalent about everything
including your religion

get off my front porch

-- Jim Wittenberg
7/24/2010
  • Current Music
    not listening to anything except the sounds of this slum where I live
face in shadow

chasm

dis
tance

in
sur
moun
table

this chasm

be
tween

us

-- Jim Wittenberg
7/4/2010
  • Current Music
    not listening to anything
face in shadow

odd

these memories
I’ve wrapped around
myself
like a blanket
are cold

& then I think
these memories
aren’t
mine

but who slipped thru
the window
of my
thoughts
to replace
the ones that
were
mine?

the rest of the day
I’m
baffled

and I ponder
will the thief return?

-- Jim Wittenberg
7/4/2010
  • Current Music
    Soul of a Man by Eric Burdon
face in shadow

a bad day for success

postcard
art
down the stairs
running, waving the piece signed
by him above his head
shouting

the assassin’s shot shattering his skull

no one
caring
he’s a potential
winner

-- Jim Wittenberg
6/18/2010
  • Current Music
    None
face in shadow

disturbance

above

as

below

this sameness is disturbed
in life’s flow

love
the disturbance

-- Jim Wittenberg
6/16/2010
  • Current Music
    The Mad Passion of the Stoic by Vic Chesnutt
face in shadow

three times

three times
he rode his bicycle
by the bloated cat

& the third time
he imagined it
bursting

spewing maggots
everywhere

how would he
explain the way
his clothing
smelled?

-- Jim Wittenberg
6/14/2010
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    Whole Lotta Love - Reckless Kelly