J. Michael Ward

PHP Developer, Board Game Aficianado, and Donut Snob

Poetry

The Presentation

We sleep on our teeth, atop
hand-crafted apparatus
writhing in a tattered satin jacket
burbling fragmented sweet nothings in staccato clatter

Our bones are deep, inside
weather-worn matter
aching of physiological agency

We sit, while
a man gives an oral presentation
in a dimly lit auditorium

We raise our hands, politely
He calls on us, one by one
We are polite
It is all very orderly

He answers our questions, one by one
He is polite
It is all very orderly

I look up at my own raised hand
My satellite, my beacon
My wrinkled mess of flesh and hair and skin
My arthritic limb and bones within
My internationally-recognized cry for attention

The man calls on me
I do not interrogate
He does not respond

My bones are deep
It is all very orderly
The way I closed the door as I exited the auditorium
The echo of my footsteps in the hallway

The downward gaze of passers-by
illuminated by device, oblivious of self
aching of physiological agency

It is all very deep
Our teeth are orderly
We bone in our sleep

A Poem From a Phone

A poem from a phone

A forum of frantically fingered phrases

Partially predicted, potentially purged

Before my fervent fans, all four,

Find fit to fault me for poor form

Shoebox

I dedicate this shoebox
To the goldfish of the world
And the sound of a million toilets flushing

Semper Fi

City Minions

City minions walk to work
Wearing white winter fur,
Hair up to here & sheer pantyhose.
Prosthetic nose, caked makeup,
Bose stereo headphones,
And a never-ending sense that it’s all gonna end
Since underpaid trainees in foreign lands do it better
(Not blondes or brunettes, or whatever that clever bumper-stuck statement infers).
Four years have passed since the last layoffs let loose,
Not long is left now til they reset the noose.

*Note: I wrote and published this elsewhere online in 2006.

Optimism

When I am withered, old, and gray,
I will take a letter addressed to me
written by My Younger Self
out from a drawer.

The envelope reads, “Do not open until 2040!”

I will not remember the importance of this date.

(There is none)

Instead, I’ll ponder my age

(61)

and think about the year
this letter was written

(2014)

Optimism was in short order.

In 2040, My Future Self will reveal a Sharpie from my pocket
or another brand of marking instrument, should Sharpie have merged or closed for business

(They will not have)

My Future Self will remove the cap
strike a clean line through the date on the envelope
and ink a new date in pre-elderly chicken scratch

Then I will smile,
and place the letter back in the drawer.

“Do not open until 2040! 2140!”