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Whiskey and Wisdom (loosely adapted by Ψ)

Halloween night at Karla’s,
Television din in the background
Instead of a Poetry Slam in the foreground,
Some forgettable cop and robber flick
Has too many people’s attention—
If you want mindless entertainment,
Take it home, please, boost those Nielsen ratings.

I came to be aroused
Not appeased
I came to be challenged
Not coddled.

Talk of The Terminator
Instead of Bukowski,
Blasphemous,
Poorly relayed by a barfly
Later misinterpreted and translated by a gadfly.


Plain vanilla words like “responsibility” and “obligations”
Revolutionary (Eek)
Culturally influential (Egad)
Ideologically exceptional (Egregious sin).

Line ’em up, bartender,
Another round of waste,
Barrels of hot, putrid air
Passing themselves off as whimsical waves of whiskey and wisdom.

Too conventional
Too soft
No substance
Ambiance for the uninitiated,
Candles glow but the minds flicker,
Too warm, warm enough to sleep,
Not live, nor leap.

It’s Halloween, damn it,
Your temples should be pulsating,
Rather a headache than a numb head.

Enough spirits in this one blasted furnace of a room
To fill a concert hall
They’re watching, these spirits, as bored as you,
Yawning,
Nudging one another to keep awake,
Waiting for someone, anyone
To have an original thought,
Spit fire.

Get off your cell phone, Mister,
There’s something real missing here,
It’s as real and ugly as a bad poem gets on a hopeless night at Karla’s.

Ψ

[Poetry Break Editor Note]

About Dan Cafaro

Dan Cafaro is the founder and publisher of Atticus Books, a small press based in Madison, N.J. When Dan is not following his wife around the country, he is known to sit for long periods of time pondering how to live off the grid. Atticus Review is his first literary journal.

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