May, 2011 – Today


TodayDavid Plumb

 By David Plumb      



What of the Life You Supposed?


The moon comes up to remind

you of timeless journeys

giant leaps, promises of more

a screen door in Albuquerque

the motel porch in Kingman

shadows, endless voices

picnics on mountains with no names.

But the road doesn’t always smooth out

no matter the shocks on the limo

the view, the catch of the day.

Sometimes, you wonder where

Susan went, or Elmer.                  

You suppose he’s still at OTB

in Troy or Albany.

No qualms unless you

can’t get over yourself.

Life chugs along, a breath

at a time, and rolls over

the same bumps

you sometimes like to avoid

simply reflect upon or

go mad, tear up the lawn

get on the roof and bark

set the house on fire

or crack jokes on the phone

with an old friend who knows.

Three-nineteen A.M. snaps you awake

but you’re smart enough

to keep some change

pasted in the right side

of your brain and two cups

of coffee at dawn, a little silence.

Don’t want to talk

because soon, say thirty-eight

minutes or so, you’ll feel

life take hold and settle in.



David Plumb’s writing has appeared in Beatitudes 50 Years, The Washington Post, Instant City, The Miami Herald, Mondo James Dean Anthology-St. Martin’s, One Paycheck Away and He is the author of 9 books, the most recent is, Poetry on Strings with marionette maker, Pablo Cano. Will Rogers said, “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” David Plumb says, “It depends upon the parrot.”