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Hiram Larew: Before Jumping

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 20.05.2023.

Count to Ten

I’ve been told to pipe down

To take a break from tooting and fluting

To listen much more

for a change

And to give in some

now and then

I’ve been coached to sit tight more

And instead of mememe-ing

to let others have a say

In fact I’ve been asked to step aside

And to mind my own clutter first

I’ve also been reminded again and again that

Crows are the only thing good at


I’ve been scolded to stand back

more than once

And even though it’s Spring

I’ve been chided to count to ten

Before jumping up to say

Oh please yes please

I can

While Smoking

Let me be more direct than I should be –

If this fun right here isn’t your idea of fun

Then just go on back to what you were already doing.

And maybe even think about moving on

Don’t worry a whit.

Go as you came

It’s really no matter.

And okay, take along whoever or whatever you want.

That’s just fine with me too.

All I ask is that you forget entirely the look on my face

At the very beginning

When we were gooey

Because my tricky dove I was born in Confidence, Wyoming

And as a result

Will always see things as being wide open and surely meant to be.

And in fact if anyone should ask what happened

Between your smoke and this one that’s mine

You might tell them

In one fine nostrily breath

That the best forever carved-in-stone word to be is free.

About the Author: Founder of Poetry X Hunger: Poets Speaking Back to Hunger, Larew lives in Maryland, USA. His poems appear widely in places such as Poetry Scotland's Gallus, Iowa Review, Honest Ulsterman, Contemporary American Voices and Best Poetry Online. CyberWit Press released his latest collection, Patchy Ways in 2023. and


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