Old Poetry III – All That I Love

Published September 6, 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.

All That I Love

We put on viral-barrier leather gloves,
So that it won't get on us,
While we do our job, it's our job,
To do the things we do we had to train,
To look the other way as our hands performed,
To think about baseball to make it not last as long,
What if you're into baseball like that,
What do you think of then?
We try not to smell it as we put it away,
The words we have forged have all drifted away,
All that is left is that gray dust on our gloves,
All that I trust is all that I love.

Now this is a poem: mysterious, taps the libido, bizarre imagery. My kind of poem.

Stay tuned for Old Poetry IV

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