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40/40: Summer Poem Slam-a-bam! – Day 3 – “Dead Pool: An Exquisite Corpse”


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“Dead Pool: An Exquisite Corpse”


“There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar — even in this fake-ass Irish pub.”

                                                                                                                                                                  -Anthony Bourdain

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

                                                                                                                                                                 -John Lennon ~ Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

“Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling.”

                                                                                                                                                                -Prince ~ Nothing Compares 2 U

“For years and years I roamed, I gazed a gazeless stare.”

                                                                                                                                                                -David Bowie ~ the man who sold the world

“And I’m lost, behind. The words I’ll never find, and I’m left behind, as seasons roll on by, yeah yeah.”

                                                                                                                                                                -Chris Cornell ~ Seasons

“I have decided to leave you forever. I have decided to start things from here. Thunder and lightning won’t change what I’m feelin’.”

                                                                                                                                                                -Dolores O’Riordan ~ Daffodils Lament

“Well some say life will beat you down. Break your heart, steal your crown. So I’ve started out, for God knows where. I guess I’ll know when I get there”

                                                                                                                                                                -Tom Petty ~ Learning to Fly

“All dead, all dead. All the dreams we had. And I wonder why I still live on.  All dead, all dead. And alone I’m spared.”

                                                                                                                                                                -Freddie Mercury ~ All Dead, All Dead


And alone, we are spared.

To conceive this dread, in fear.

Carpe diem, dear!

Do not go gentle into the void.

Live the fullest.

Drink well.

Eat voraciously.

Love others.

Warm your bed with the embrace of lovers.

There is nothing promised.

A sinister tease,

a statistical anomaly.

And despite this.

The finest gift, indeed.


A very special thanks to Jared Nownes for suggesting: Dead Celebrity Poem=Bourdain

Fellow Poet extraordinaire, Jared Nownes, can be found squirreling away words of wisdom and flights of madness on his blog Sustantivos” you must go check it out.

40/40: Summer Poem Slam-a-bam is a ongoing project in which people have joined me for 40 days and 40 nights of on-demand poetry. They have submitted the concepts, ideas, and subjects; I’ve done the rest.