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B Skinny Dippin'

Young bare-bottom boys
All standing in line
Swinging rope to the river
There wasn't much time
The girls soon to arrive
In their pink underwear
We had to hide eyes
And we had to swear
When all in the river
In laughter were lost
Suddenly yet surely
Pinkies and T-shirts
Coming off!
Banter of bare-bottomed boys
Among deep seated voices
Shrills of care-free girls
Evaluating their choices
Really no harm done
Playing naked in nature's pool
Not one even considered
We might even be young fools
Yet lessons are learned
Though no one was listening
You don't drink Budweiser beer
When you're skinny dippin'
Time for all to go home
Not counting the cost
Somewhere in the evening
All the clothes somehow lost
Barry A. Lanier



Ba Door

In this



Like a tiger

In a cage


To get out

Like a prisoner


For pardon


All the fear

With the power

Of a bottle

Or a pill

I wonder if

He considered

Was there


A door?
Barry A. Lanier



Ba First I Won'T Forget

Shifting his weight
Separated by the glass
Unbraiding his story
Detailing fine points
Long ago left out
Decidedly forgotten
By those who could
Change a man's life
Through teller's chute
A chocolate ice-cream
One smile and tear
Fifteen years old
He arrived then
Now 20 years later
Four long days
We talked
In his cube
Oral revelations
Of the prison
My life was in
Two weeks later
A thank you note
You are the only
Visitor in 20 years
Thank you for
Your kindness
My first
Barry A. Lanier



Ba Man Of Many Talents

Sitting atop the mountain
Fashioned by passage of time
While doing it so naturally
While other's had hills to climb

Man of so many talents
Traits so many would adore
So graceful hugging trees
And holding on to floors

Hustling and bustling for dollars
Taking the easy ways out
Staring in all of the mirrors
Seeing talent beyond doubt

Some folks climb mountains
While other's jump from planes
Yet do I refine my daily skills
Of simply being quite insane

Sometimes I'm real stupid
Other times I'm so very smart
Acquiring and using these skills
Requires getting a very early start

Negotiating many a crisis
Architecting many a love
Often with a few simple lines
Surely sent from above

Call me a vile manipulator
Always taking the easy way out
Yet staring into the mirror
Seeing talent beyond doubt

{ A satirical look at the disillusioned, dysfunctional thought process
of the addictive personality }
Barry A. Lanier
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