i’m doing a reading at kent state

got an interminably long wait to get on

protesters outside provoke the cops

about an after nine noise pollution law

they bang bongos and march through

the cafe disrupting the reading

chanting “noise is illegal noise is illegal”

i’m getting nerve racked and edgy so i

drink a load of port from disguised juice

bottle and smoke a joint


the time drags and i get somewhat drunk-

my face a fiery blush

but no longer feel the thump of my heart

somewhere up in my neck

it’s round midnight

and  i’m on

i wobble up to the poduim

the crowd receptive to my words

never knew my mental anguish or

saw the slight shake in my left knee.


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