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Early in the morning, before rehearsals
A cup of coffee in the student union
Relaxing on sofas
Talking about anything and everything
Whatever came to mind, no need to
Censor random thoughts, subject
Out of taste or bounds
We were, in some odd way
Two different people, totally
In sync, engaged in the process

Of being

Human, without judgment or
Preconceived notion of right or
Wrong, somehow brought together
In this faraway place, defining ourselves
As we went, without limits
Open to the possibility
Of change in an instant
Believing that whatever happened
(Or happens) must be

For a reason.

(Previously published in Comrades, Vol.1, Issue 2, Sept.2000)
Laurence Overmire



Jettison Livingston Jones

Jettison Livingston Jones
Was an artist
In the truest of sense
A garbage collector by trade
He worked dutiful years sorting the refuse
Of wasted lives
The useless, the mundane, the forgotten

And every night he went home
To a warm stove in a tiny cottage
Kissed the woman who stayed by his side
Through many a long, tormented hour
Devoting his last ounce of strength
To the art he so cherished—
A masterpiece of soul, precious gift to the world
More radiant than the portraits of Leonardo
The burgeoning statues of Michaelangelo
Or the staggering stars of Van Gogh—

The careful, steadfast tending
Of three delicate, priceless

(Previously published in Creative Voice, Feb.2000)
Laurence Overmire




Sounded the drum of his
Spent generation
Bobbity bomp bomp jazz me man

On the road without a home
Drifting through the passing

Nameless streets, forgotten bars
Lampposts dripping on dark corners

Hands to roll a cigarette
Words and women dropping in and out
Bottles to pour salvation

Soothing fire
In the cold flat of night
Eyes open and close

The music sassy, blue
Surprising rhythms

Making it up
Beat by beat
As you go.

(Previously published in Pogonip, Apr.2000; Jack Magazine, Issue 1, Summer 2000)
Laurence Overmire




I see two eyes
peering out at me from the corner of the couch
and a little pink nose
nestled in the middle
of bewhiskered, white marshmallow cheeks.
Uh oh.
What’s this?
Two ears approach
(twice too large for that adorable face)
and gold and black eyes are wide
in mischievous anticipation.
Oh mortals, take heed,
such a slow methodical stalk
hath this monstrous, tigrous beastie.
See how he takes his position
on a twitching haunch
poised for the merciless kill.
He springs
completely surprising my defenseless hand.
Little pink paw pads
are choking my index finger
but my defiant digit wrestles to the death!
Oh fearsome proposition
what horrible teeth you have grandma
those mighty molars strike terror to my heart
pray don’t gum me to dea-Aaaaaaagggghhhhh! ! !
(Damn cat.)

(Previously published in The Short North Gazette, Nov.1998)
Laurence Overmire
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