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and it's another fine day when nothing happens

it's not
an exciting life I lead,
but I'm not such an exciting guy
so that's just fine with me

no scary movies or conflict for me,
no rushing to and fro chasing dreams
or demons or wealth or power over events

that used to be me, but now I prefer
to start slow in the morning and keep
that pace for the rest of the day

nobody cares much for what I think
of the issues of the day, especially
not those who could make things
so I prefer smaller thoughts
closer to home and closer to me

I like sitting in little coffee shops
writing little poems that come and go
in the larger world like saltine crackers,
crunchy, a little salty on your tongue,
then gone
and mostly forgotten

I like keeping my decisions small,
the flavor of jelly to put on my toast,
the kind of sauce for my pasta, rare
or medium rare when I grill my steak

that's enough excitement for me

Allen Itz is a San Antonio poet and artist.

and it's another fine day when nothing happens

Thursday, September 15, 2022

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