Old Poetry XIV – Click

Published November 15, 2021
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Back in the day, when I was about twenty-two and a bit later, ’til about twenty-six, I wrote poetry. I haven’t written a real poem in a very long time. I used to be so into poem writing that I would go to “open-mics” and read my poems with my friend and brief-boyfriend Calvin. Calvin was significantly older than me, and unfortunately, the relationship didn’t quite work out on my end.

Calvin and I would go to the Mercury Café in Denver and read poetry, and we’d also go to a place called the Kasbah. What’s interesting about that is that Calvin and I were two white gay guys, and the Kasbah (or Casbah) was a mainly African-American lounge that had a poetry night. So we’d show up and we’d be the only two gay white guys amidst a see of strong black poets. It was a little bit daunting.

Of course, I decided to try my hand at being a “spoken word” artist and composed a SUPER long poem. I tried to pull it off and I was clapped offstage (or played offstage) at both the Mercury and the Kasbah… very embarrassing. After that, and the fact there was a shooting at the Kasbah one night I didn’t go, and my interest in open-mic’ing kinda died out.

I used to host all my poetry, both good and bad, on my website, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. I’ve decided to, after approximately fourteen years, reshare the poetry that I wrote as a teenager and young adult.

Some of it is cringe, and some of it’s not quite so bad. You be the judge.


Burn your fears with the remote control,
I encourage you to smash your television,
Satan's in the broadcasting,
I have a mission,
To wield the double edged sword of love and vengeance,
Stop reading your magazines,
And log on to the real world,
One where your will changes your reality,
And not the other way around,
One where you don't buy products to make yourself,
Look like everyone else,
But one where they buy you because you don't,
Log on and change your life with a single click.

This is super cringe. I also have no idea what I’m going on about. I think this was written in the throes of a manic episode. Either way, it was written.

Stay tuned for Old Poetry XV

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