Tuesday, May 1, 2018




I plug in
and tune out
I scroll and troll
I post and comment
like or delete
I text and next
I pocket my cell
and dwell in the place
that I must face
the air, taste and smell
and the feel of the real
but then I snap
and chat
about how another day
has been trumped
by Trump's tweet
and some friend’s
sweet pics of fun
in the sun
in Acapulco
as I trudge
and slo-mo
through actual not virtual
emotional snow


Have you always
been vital with the statistic
of being the heartthrob
and twinkle in your mother’s eye?
Did you really go through
the trauma and high and low drama
of teenhood
in some Mr. Roger's neighborhood?
Or maybe you rose up
out of urban decay
to make the most
of the lemon you were handed
which rendered you still tart
from the lost art
of finding that you
have been invented
from the ground up.
And now do you plan
on changing
your insignificant lovers
or bringing a whirlwind
of peace
to your sisters
and brothers?
There are so many questions
I will never ask you, the driver
of your own destiny
so very Toyota and divine
in your anointed car next
to mine


I need a coach
an enabler,
a self help guru
to scold and hold me
and to direct
the rush hour
traffic jammed
in my racing thoughts
about the opposite sex
and next
I need a patron
who will bless me
with anointed
stacks of cash
which I will stash
in a flask of holier
than thou conceits
next to
a stack of receipts
of all the love
I will buy
because we all know
funny money honey
for some,
grows on trees
which I find to be
pretty darn shady


IVAN JENSON is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview Magazine and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmusuem, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden. Jenson's painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes.  Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Jenson's poetry is widely published (with over 600 poems published in the US, UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan Jenson's poetry was recently published by Hen House Press titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two novels by Ivan Jenson entitled, Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published hardcover. Ivan Jenson’s new novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle has been released by Michelkin Publishing. Ivan Jenson's website is: www.IvanJenson.com

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