Various Artists: Phone Poems 3 AM

It is late at night. Someone is sitting up in bed typing away furiously on their laptop. Finally, the poem is finished. They look at it with pride. There is no way they are going to get to sleep unless they phone the Think Twice Radio poetry line (716-823-1750) and leave a voicemail so it can be heard by the world.
3/20/17 Sights Unseen by Nathanael William Stolte

The fog is too dense
To see coyote
But I can feel him close
 
Coyote can speak every
Language
Even the language of
Stone and jellyfish
 
Coyote can shape-change
And likes creation
 
So Coyote could be next to you right now
And you’ve no way of knowing
Till it’s too late
 
Coyote deals in confusion and
Tells the truth with a diamond tongue
Sharp and precise
 
Coyote has a hard-on
For misdirection
 
Coyote tells you what you want to hear
And never lies
 
So I’m pushing west to Buffalo
On I-90 from Rochester with
Panoptic hope in my rearview
 
sights unseen
 
The fog too thick
To see if I’ve fallen in
Love with another ghost
 
Coyote knows how
To break the curse
I’ve cast on myself
 
Problem is—
I have nothing Coyote wants
So I’ve nothing to barter
 
I know it could be
Different but Coyote’s
Heard it all before
 
Coyote laps up
Deliberate misfortune
Like milk or blood
 
Coyote only deals in
Blood, omens, and magic
But blood is cheap
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1/29/17 Milk by Jim Pray

Raw cow's milk
or pasteurized cow's milk
or soy milk,
what shall I drink ?
Oh the decisions of life !
I was taught that I am
suppose to know myself
and be true to myself,
but, that is easier said than done.
There is suppose to be
a reason for everything.
My sister has cancer,
What is the reason for this ?
Thoreau says, "Simplify, Simplify."
How am I suppose to simplify
when the culture and
a lot of people
are trying to
complicate my life ?
All I can do is to
keep plugging away
at these challenges
moment by moment !

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1/26/18 Gospel Oak by Joel Lesses
 
I.
knotted oak
black gnarled barren
death whistling through
autumns left behind
one river through
one mountain
tells time
counts suffering
these watch gears
river and mountain
beat from one
moon heart
beaten
moon heart
my beaten moon
my beaten
heart.
II.
can’t find my own
kitchen
to cook in
can’t crack the egg
or fry and feed it
to the hungry ghosts.
III.
sings a robin
spring
can’t find the river branch
she sits on
just crows overhead
track the footprints
i left backing away from
my river-child.
IV.
sitting on the moon
now
i see the river
clear as the slow horizon curve
into music
song
and
dance.
V.
troubles lost
no river
to find
no good
no evil.
VI.
back down
the moon mountain
i tear bread from
the heart
feed each
dove i greet
VII.
old oak
spring eternal
blossoms green
candy and sweets
whistles the
autumn song.
VIII.
mountain trail
climb slowly
sun and moon are one.
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1/6/17 Expletive Deleted by James Andrews

The clock will tic,
We will wonder,
What have we done,
Have we won?
Will the new Trumpwellion world be hurled into the Abiss
where  we buy tinfoil hats
sold by fat cats
promising  protection
from the election
of the billionaire class,
That have been waiting to shove it
right up
our expletive deleted 
because democracy
has been defeated!
Has the corporate  world won?
Should i buy a gun? 
to protect my
expletive deleted
or should i get a job fracking gas
while they stick our ecology right up our
expletive deleted .
Either way
I have the feeling
we are about to pay to play
in the new Trumpwellion world.
So to to some it up:
Those of you that voted for the
corporate coup
and the orange hair liar, 
You will soon  know why
the world is on Fire.
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1/7/17 A Real Person by James Andrews
Thanks for considering me a real person,
lately I have seen myself my as a fictional character
living in someone else's fantasy,
lately I have been questioning my reason for being on this planet.
Is it just end time curiosity?
Wondering if I fulfilled my destiny
in some way
that will satisfy the creator of me
preordained to satisfy his will
and yet live in a sin filled environment
with all it's zigs and zags
meant to ensnare us
like a rabid animal
and send us
to eternal damnation ,
all because 
we don't know how
to achieve perfect purity
in a dirty world.
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