What We Were Before

stand now

listen pain



poets, priests and punks

spray array


oncoming high beam

verses, rhymes,

not, especially not

I am,

was nothing

if not not


decades careful

word order


throw out

like fish water

like paint to a jet


now I look

a trellis old lady

hung flowers

see mine,

not hung

not blooming





growing old

wise unto death,



words removed


like me


what we were before

now what, who?


now what and who?

About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins

https://www.goodreads.com/AnthonyUplandpoetWatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorI... genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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