Poet's showcase


By Ed Tato

you've been drinking too much


and huffing paint stripper

while your wife's at work

you've been meaning to get in touch

with someone

you can't make the music

loud enough

you hear some maudlin song

from your twenties

(maybe it's Joy Division

maybe it's Nina)

you can't remember who that was

headlights hit the intersection at fifty

you start off the curb

but feel the leash

hanging from your wrist

-- Ed Tato is a Lawrence poet. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.


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