Fashionista

An Amalgam of Thoughts

I.

Why does everyone have
A smart phone?
A gym membership?
A blog?
A dog?
A dietitian?

II.

I do not care for fads
I do not like trends
I don’t go in for
The latest, greatest thing
I could care less about pretty brilliance,
Showy intellect,
False insights
I want only what’s genuine
Natural
Timeless
Unfettered
Real.

III.

Give me a quiet garret alone
Where I may sit for a few casual callers
And tell them carelessly, offhandedly,
“This is where I dirty paper.”
Thus each poet prays and dreams.

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Stanza II originally appeared as “The Artful Dodger,” published 17 January 2007; Stanza III from Carl Sandburg, “Galuppi,” in Breathing Tokens, ed. Margaret Sandburg.

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