Two Poems by David LaBounty

America

America
today
you are
grilled meat
and hand
shakes

today
you are
egalitarian
blue skies
and
cold
forgiving
beer

today
you are
the air-
conditioned
Cadillac
idling
at the
light

today
you are
the middle
aged woman
at the
Laundromat
with varicose
veins and
blue jean
shorts

today
you
are the
man
who lives
at the
corner
of
Clarkston
and
Lapeer
his bike
overloaded
with blankets
and
plastic
bags

today
you are
this and
a thousand
other
tree
and
flag-lined
streets

waiting

for another
forgetful
parade

____________

a concern

please
put
the
mercy
bird
back
in its’
cage

I don’t
want
it to
swallow
the
poems
I’ve been
leaving
behind

poems like
bread crumbs

poems
that I’ve
scattered
along
the
path that
leads to
the
near side
of
heaven

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12 Responses to “Two Poems by David LaBounty”

  1. I love how I can “see” these poems!

  2. wonderful writing, david!

  3. poignant tellings. thanks…
    best, winnie

  4. I got to say I always enjoy reading this extreme vertical style, and writing it too. It’s fun, but it can also be poignant. I liked the first one better.

    “Cadillac
    idling
    at the
    light”

    is nice.

  5. ahh, yes… as ever, I love the economy & intensity of your word pictures, David. So very real in the telling. Thank you for sharing.

  6. The telling thing about the first poem is that it moves from an anachronism (that still lives in the imagination of the pawns of the powerful) to the reality. From the cadillac to the car-less. Maybe it’s justice that since we forfeited our free speech, we are losing our geopolitical prominence to a nation that never had any.

    The second poem speaks to my heart – the bird of time, in my case, will eat the poems I have left/will leave, and will leave only the love that I have longed for. Very evocative, needless to say.

  7. the first poem is a clear and compassionate,and maybe because of that a soft critical acclaim on this land in which you can simultaneously feel the love you foster for it.
    the second poem is a description of the climate in which poems are received,and,knowing some of your personal “credentials”,some take the freedom to then care and nurse and cradle,where only the joyful reception of your intense diaphanous poetry would suffice.

  8. You see and speak of things that remind us of what we were, are, and could be. This poem is short…..and Epic.

  9. I am already a fan of david’s. terrific work

  10. Jason Hardung Says:

    i like both of them alot.

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