John Burroughs



in the meantime this
is a lean time, a mean time
as well as an in-between time

a sometimes sublime time
a the-beat-goes-on time and please
not another rhyme time

while Facebook sighs that
wise Linda Pastan has eluded time
left behind Ethics and dogs
as temporal threads unravel
like Penelope’s dire tapestry

as it has to be

this is a blind time
an often unkind time
a strip-mined and behind time

so take care
and be kind for the future
is mined and there is no rewind


U.S. Beat Poet Laureate 2022-2023
Ohio Beat Poet Laureate 2019-2021
Founding Editor, Crisis Chronicles Press

One Response to “John Burroughs”

  1. I can hear your voice, John!
    (full disclosure: I have heard
    John’s voice many times)
    yes, as if from a balcony!

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