Thursday, March 01, 2007

Great Poem I Heard on NPR Today

Although I might be violating a copyright, I really liked this poem from today's "The Writer's Almanac", so I'm reprinting it here...

Poem: "A New Lifestyle" by James Tate from Memoir of the Hawk. © The Ecco Press. (buy now)

A New Lifestyle

People in this town drink too much
coffee. They're jumpy all the time. You
see them drinking out of their big plastic
mugs while they're driving. They cut in
front of you, they steal your parking places.
Teenagers in the cemeteries knocking over
tombstones are slurping café au lait.
Recycling men hanging onto their trucks are
sipping espresso. Dogcatchers running down
the street with their nets are savoring
their cups of mocha java. The holdup man
entering a convenience store first pours
himself a nice warm cup of coffee. Down
the funeral parlor driveway a boy on a
skateboard is spilling his. They're so
serious about their coffee, it's all they
can think about, nothing else matters.
Everyone's wide awake but looks incredibly
tired.

-James Tate, Memoir of the Hawk

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