Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ivan Jenson

Product Placement

if I were you
I would just do
and wait for
the light to change
the tide to crash
the morning to come
the recession to end
the mood to pass
the martini and the medication to kick
the psychic’s palm prediction to poof
the mighty cosmos to cosmetically lift the Joan Rivers like face of time
and crack your Da Vinci Code smile and send you
reeling back in time to some soft powdery Johnson & Johnson
moment when Gerber and Big Bird could bring you
unadulterated bliss

Once in a blue moon

pigeons are coming home
runaways call Mom and Dad
roads are leading to rainbows
and windows open to Santa Ana breezes
blowing clean and colorful laundry on a line
as the boy who lost the gal
gets her back
so sunshine washes out the shadows
giving someone a bright idea
which will after many years grow
like cash on branches
and you shrug
reach into a pocket of smiles
and giggle
having just been
by what is
commonly called
a “Good day”

Trivia Time

I feel like
it’s the last night
of Sylvia Plath’s life
and yet I seek
the strength
it took to write
The Old Man and the Sea
but I am buried
as low as the
Chilean miners
and yes I hurt
like a Brazilian
and understand
that it's not
worth sprinting
in a New York City
and so I ask
for the
of the Tea Party
and the
balls of the
but the truth is
I am as
as two fingers
the peace sign
at an Ozzy concert
and seeking
to be legal
like Willie Nelson's
I guess I will
always have
one foot
in the
and the
other in the
and it is
causing me
to split my pants
like Jackie Chan

Middle Man

Like the stork
you can’t face
stark reality
and like a butter
you don’t cut deep
and like a dad
nobody much
listens to you
but unlike
Michelangelo’s David
you don’t stand
naked for just anyone
and like
a frozen dinner
you are initially
quite stiff
but warm up

1 comment:

Peter Greene said...

Thanks for the poems, Ivan! Enjoyed. Trivia time's ending put me in mind of what I consider the greatest pants-splitting moment in film history: It occurs at 7:00 in this short Canadian art film - but I would watch the whole thing, for context.