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originally published 2010

 

We are the traveling salesmen of verse

We have been quietly washed in by

Twilight’s tide and shall make

Our exit by the same mysterious

Means before the piercing dawn

We artfully dissect your town’s

Charm and personality and turn

 

Them into accessible mythic fables

That is if it moves and behooves us

We require more wine, women, and

Wanton wonders to appease we, the

Vessels of the mischievous Muse

We bring you wisdom, laughter,

Fire and brimstone, and oh-so-sultry

Lines designed to melt even the

Coldest of unromantic hearts

We herald the births of new eras

Gestating, and yet to come forth

So when the donation hat makes

Its way around to you, my friends

Please tip generously and often

For a happy poet needs only food,

Clothing, shelter, and bus fare to the

Next venue of soul-bearing bards

We have wanderlust in our very bones

The call of the open road beckons us

Rest now, my darlings

We will describe it all to you

Upon our return

From your wildest dreams

 

12/29/09
©2009 Eric Lawson

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Excellent poem, speaking for that class of people that is underappreciated in America. Poem comes from a greek root that means to "make, or do." The greeks considered the poet the historian, philosopher, and lyricist worthy of honor.

Joshua Hennen
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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and enjoy the poem. I feel this piece speaks for those who cannot or choose not to speak about artists in general. It's very much a rallying cry.

Eric Lawson
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I'm so glad people are finally enjoying this poem. I'm quite proud of it. Shmeh.

Eric Lawson
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*Fervent snapping!* What say ye to that, suit man?

And yes, another round of java for me mateys, ol boy!

-Soulja4Alethia

Soulja4Alethia
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Haha! Thanks. People get fired up when I read this one at open mics...

Eric Lawson
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As well they should. It is quite inspiring. Wish I could do open mics... some pieces are better spoken, some just read...

-Soulja4Alethia

Soulja4Alethia
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You can read anything in public. Some have. I believe I have heard cereal ingredients read aloud, painful as it was to hear.

Eric Lawson
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Ah yes those unpronouncable artificial ingredients most seem to mistake for actual food...

-Soulja4Alethia

Soulja4Alethia
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Knowing the ingredients is one thing, hearing them listed in a monotoned voice into a microphone is another.

Eric Lawson
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I assume it just makes them even more annoying? -Soulja4Alethia

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