Step Aside

So which derivatives finally brought you
Down to these placebo tract sprawl avenues
Away from the cusp of excitement?

There was no one to confirm your rapid
Demise. Edited out, it was implied.
In retrospect much reflection tastes of ashes.

Some chose Buddhism it is floated
Out in the cocktail talk. Wandering among
Real trees, not just those in HD is draining

Replies the encumbered broker, unbending
But fitting his title more each day. Waiting
For the Feds to finish reading his files

He is miles from the action, seeing
Anew that there is no food service to call
Out here and no delivery of plaques for being

Gone from the picture.
Others hold your place.
Others have stepped over you on their way up

In this transitory moment
In our country’s watching
The coming lights speeding toward us in the tunnel.

Published by William Cowan

I'm from the East Coast, have lived in SoCal and now Northern California for some years. I've been writing quite awhile, published in 1992 in a literary quarterly: "Suspicious Humanist," vol. 2, #2, (20 pages.) Best job: fm on air personality on a now defunct station, "Evening Eclectic" music show, and a weekly poetry reading show. I played jazz and free/improv I enjoyed. Read Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, etc. and commented on the poems. I have read once at a local coffee house. Love the Bay Area, wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I am going to appear in an east coast anthology of best new poets of 2010 by the end of the year, published in Pennsylvania. I'm reading once a month at a brewpub in Marin with a group of fellow poets. We read to each other our work, and personal favorite poems of authors we enjoy. It is a pleasure to share with a community of fellow enthusiasts.

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