Dallas Clayton – warm fuzzy poetry update

Haven’t checked his site much since I last blogged about it, but Dallas Clayton has some sweet new pieces out. I’ve put a couple here, but there’s a link to his site at the end of this post:



You know what’s in the ocean
and that most of it,
including the ocean itself,
can kill you without concern.

But here you are
on the shore
all alone
stripped down to nothing
smile on your face
charging toward the waves.



It‘s a dismal day
that day
when your parents decide
because of books they’ve read
and teacher’s they’ve talked to
that you are too old
to keep taking baths with your friends.

No more bubbles
playing pretend submarines.
Only washing yourself clean and thorough.

It’s a hopeful day
the day that follows
as you set out looking
to make new friends
the kind who will not care
what their parents think
and many years later
will wander with you
arm in arm
in search of larger bathtubs
and neverending bubbles.



What good is it
having access to all these hundreds and thousands
of virtual friends
if you don’t use that ability and that information
to get in a van and travel the world
meeting people face to face
and learning what it’s really like
to be where they’ve been?



With a hotel pen
I scratched all kinds of facts
on the other side
of that dollar bill
ones about how many people I’ve punched
and how many have punched me,
their names and ages
and reasons we were both so mad
and how we felt afterward
and if anyone threw up
or had to go to the hospital
or snitched.

I spent it on a snow cone
flavored like tamarind.
I didn’t know what that was when I first moved here
but now I do
and it’s delicious.



As a teenager
It is important to shake your fist at the gods
to run as far and as fast as you can into the dark
get lost, pass out, and wake up the next day
with a volume of new and troubling goals
and no plan whatsoever to help you achieve them.

As an adult
it is important to look back at how hard your fist shook
and how those gods still forgave you,
because they had been there too,
running and passing out,
and now that it is all here upon you
plan or no plan
those goals don’t seem nearly as troubling.


His website is here, you should check it if you like these.

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