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RAC--IT!! !

09 April, 2018: RAC--IT!! !

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by Yaseen Awal AsSami

RAC--IT!! !

Moving closer to the tyme when Willie-B will come?
 
            BLAM!
 
KA-CHING
            WHAM
                        BOOM
SCHWICH                                                                    o RING! RING!
 
CLANG!!!
 
Suddenly the door slams and the window breaks.,
            BOOM! !.
                        CRACKLE
 
                        PING
 
I Hear someone singing in the background.
            who is it?         
                        WHO IS IT?
                                    WHO THE HELL? IS IT ?
 
CLANG
            CLANG
                        CLANG
            POO-NANNY ! !
                                                STOP THAT RAC-IT,
 
one long one short two tweets and a whistle and a tear
            somewhere between now and then
            close to never lost between commitment and self
destruct
            stands the empty vessel that father called a heart
                        further on down the road you will accompany
            me
            in a space and tyme close to a lost luve and a scream
i stand whispering into a place where life has no meaning or purpose

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“RAC--IT!! !” by Yaseen Awal AsSami, from In the Company of Russell Atkins. Red Giant Books, 2016. Used by permission of the author.
 
ABOUT TODAY’​S POET
Yaseen AsSami, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in November 1948, attended school in Granger County in a one-room schoolhouse. He began writing in junior high, inspired by his English teacher Mrs. Delainy. After high school he arrived in Cleveland and met Russell Atkins, becoming a part of the Muntu Workshop with Atkins, Norman Jordan, John Hall, Bill Russell, Clyde Shy, Marty Freeman and other dynamic, strong personalities. After 1968 he lost touch with Atkins, but they reunited in 2013 and appear in the anthology In the Company of Russell Atkins. AsSami’s poems also appear in Cuyahoga County Public Library’s poetry workshop publications.

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Write about the oldest person you have ever known. Or write about the youngest person you now know.


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Ryan
Long life
Longer years in the life
Classy, sassy
Full of wit and wisdom

Stood up straighter
Enjoyed a smoke
End of the line
For the greater
4/9/2018 7:37:54 PM

Nancy Beeghly
I love your vignette under the bird feeder-- I can relate but the larger being is a brown squirrel instead of a rabbit.
4/9/2018 11:45:45 AM

N. K. Hasen
Victoria

Tiny, delicate little baby
Eyes closed sleeping peacefully
Bundle in a cocoon blanket
A little hand; fist closed
Off to the side
Dark hair that may fall out
Her tiny nose breathes in and out
We talk; she doesn’t stir
Still waiting to her eyes
But she continues to sleep
The newest addition for great grandma
4/9/2018 10:22:44 AM

james thomas lawless
Competition

Looking like he had eaten
suet all winter, the Robin
resembled the Dove more
than madam Red Breast.
The rabbit was a modest
adult, but still sizeable
compared with the bird.
The battleground was
the area under the feeder,
dotted whitely with safflower.
There were no actual
blows, but the two
feinted left and right,
punching the air between
them, without inflicting
damage but offering
fright one to the other.
While there was no
clear winner, my
money was on Peter.
He has bigger teeth,
if he could figure out
how to use them.

Jim Lawless
April 9, 2018
4/9/2018 9:39:43 AM

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