GRAND Magazine - May/June 2018 - 5

poetic license

Poet Leonard Durso muses about life
ironing shirts
friendship
you talk about
everything
and nothing
and somehow
the time flies
till the next time
you talk about
nothing
and everything

a simple act
stroking cotton
smoothing wrinkles
the chore
that follows
laundry
coffee laced
with Bailey's
Erroll Garner
on his piano
the cat
on the couch
a breeze
through open windows
domesticity
here
on my corner
of the world

ahead
the sun peeks out
from behind the clouds
crowding the sky
with a promise
of a better day
ahead
and like the sun
my heart peeks out
from behind the debris
cluttering the past
with the hope
of a better life
ahead

Leonard Durso is an expat American writer living in Turkey. His
books can be viewed on the following website: www.leonarddurso.
com. and his poetry on www.leonarddurso.com. He also owns an
expat New York cat who thinks he is a dog.
5 GRAND

MAY JUNE 2018

things I shouldn't do anymore
run to catch the ferry
another will be along soon
and there's no one waiting
at home anyway
drink more than one bottle of wine
the mouth gets numb
and you can't taste it
or tell if it's red or white
spend more than 15 minutes
playing solitaire
and try not to cheat
but lose more than win
eat hot dogs
for breakfast
that's why they invented
cornflakes and yogurt

tell stories at work
half the time
they don't listen
and it just makes me
homesick for my friends
talk to myself
in public
someday someone
will know enough English
to punch me in the mouth
display so many of your pictures
it's pointless to have them
staring at me
from the bookshelves
love someone unselfishly
because next time
I'm going to be a little selfish
and expect the woman
to love me a little bit, too


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