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Bruce Dethlefsen


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monday I crossed off cowboy
tuesday fireman
wednesday president
thursday I couldn’t find the list
friday my own fishing show
saturday catching for the cardinals
sunday I took a nap
sorry
I had to
the moons flew by too soon

From Unexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press).
Used here with the author's permission.

 

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Bruce Dethlefsen is the author of five books and was Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate from 2011-2012. He sings and plays harmonica and bass guitar in a blues band, The Big Talkers, and runs Poet Camp twice a year. Bruce, who has taught more than a thousand people how to juggle, lives in Westfield, Wisconsin. Learn more about him at www.brucedethlefsen.com.

 


Post New Comment:
barbsteff:
Good one Bruce! A well pruned wish list.
Posted 04/26/2018 04:31 PM
CamilleBalla:
I like this!! In a few words, there?s hope, choice, nap, time, life ? all in a light poetic rhythm. Has me thinking...
Posted 04/26/2018 11:18 AM
Stephen Anderson:
Tempus does fugit, right Bruce? Nice one.
Posted 04/26/2018 10:20 AM
cork:
So many thoughts in so few words!
Posted 04/26/2018 09:20 AM
Jo:
Good one, Bruce.
Posted 04/26/2018 09:18 AM
Larry Schug:
Hmm...I think I'll add a few new career choices to my list-Guitar God, Poet Laureate, World Traveler, Astronaut. Everything crossed off a list makes room for something new. Obviously, this poem got me to thinking. Good one!
Posted 04/26/2018 09:05 AM
michael escoubas:
Bruce, So clever and effective--I'm looking back at 1965--I, too, have crossed "fireman" off my list!
Posted 04/26/2018 08:30 AM


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