Sunday, November 21, 2010

A. Molotkov - Two Poems


on the ocean shore
I remember things I used to take for granted
on a mountain top
I imagine my future mistakes

the music was there before we started
we pass it around

we live
with puzzles on our lips

on a mountain top
within a piece of land the shape of a desert island
amidst the ocean surrounded by land
in my room
I own a puzzle
I cannot share

In August

this world an overripe kumquat
ready to burst
ominously effervescent
a sad story we improvise
as we sink into oblivion
a freak show of bogus needs
fake beliefs
a quagmire of arrogance

do you believe in good and bad?
good that changes into bad in gradations?
bad that becomes good in bursts?
all these questions I want to ask you
you can help me understand
I am lost in the pain of others
feeling the urge to act
as I sit in this parlor
writing poetry

you can help me understand
but when I dial your number
I find you have been extinct
for millions of years,
or at least since our last meeting
on the lake in August

I hang up
I remember your eyes
hopelessly effervescent

A. Molotkov is a writer, composer, etc., and a co-founder of the Inflectionist poetry movement. He is the author of several novels, short story and poetry collections and the winner of the 2008 E. M. Koeppel Award for his story “Round Trip”, nominated for a Pushcart. Visit him at

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