Three Poems


Joel Lewis

THE NOMAD'S APIARY
 
 
The particular song: Stockbridge two days ahead
 
of Yule. Red Lion Inn is a postcard... yes ...
 
& Norman Rockwell's home is aglow with ... yes...
 
& what do you see of me ... (Huh) : a man-shaped
 
hole in the world? Under the charms of difficiency, I hear
 
bush recordings of Albert Ayler, solo.
 
Nothing else for a puzzled face to see.
 
I fear the shame that empty pockets bring.
 
Pittsfield: a lone city lost
 
in fog. These are my eloquent halls.
 
This is where the rules are rearranged.
 
From here on: vending machine coffee
 
as the national beverage
 
of a burnt sienna world.
 
 
 
 
FROM A NORTH JERSEY SENSIBILITY
 
1.
 
It don't
 
        matter
 
who you
 
        vote for
 
thereallabunchacrooks,
 
anyways.
 
 
2.
 
I'll meet you
 
at the Bendix Diner
 
in a half hour,
 
then we can talk.
 
 
3.
 
Is this bus
 
going
 
to the Port-Authority?
 
 
4.
 
Let's all go
 
in your car
 
no reason
 
having two cars
 
going
 
to the same place.
 
 
5.
 
They give you so much
 
food there
 
that they
 
give you a doggie bag
 
without asking.
 
 
6.
 
(At a High School Reunion)
 
Bill, how have you been?
 
        I became a pharmacist.
 
        I took over the family pharmacy
 
        I'm not married & I still live home.
 
Bill, do you remember
 
the date-nut sandwiches
 
you gave me at lunch?
 
        The date nut sandwiches???
 
....................
 
Yeah! With cream cheese!
 
I remember the date nut sandwiches!
 
Yeah, the date-nut sandwiches!
 
 
 
 
NEO-ASPIC GRID
 
The parched thunk of Cumbria
 
bounces off the furniture. You have
 
moved in with the in-laws
 
as the bungalow gets built in Manasquan.
 
Man in a Timberland coat wields a toothpick
 
in the old manner. Start from "here",
 
next door's old vacant lot crisped
 
by snow. Rabbi to the British Empire, hello.
 
I am but a soothed pygmy.
 
Man-stealin', deep-south sister-in-laws
 
dominate the culture. "Can you
 
see me?", early Hendrix. I leave
 
that one there. Slow dazzle.
 
Swedish gasoline.