Original by Bruce Michael Foley



The majority walked by
symbolic of the times, clones
fronting lattes, cappuccino, mocha frappes
and pumpkin scones.

Uniform urban hipsters wearing costly blue jeans
with slip-on leather loafers, soft and thin
fitted Euro shirts, Ray Ban shaded
looking so trendy and lap top cool, but you –

You stood out among them
in uncommon truth, original
unpretentious old school, a sprinkle
of sugar on your upper lip, bravely
drinking a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee
one hand managing an oozing jelly, dunked in a styrofoam cup.

Free of technology, non-conforming
in your faded denim rear pocket, a paperback.
Grateful Dead tee shirt on, red Converse All-Stars laced low cut,
shiny brown ponytail hung through the strap
of an L.A. Dodgers baseball cap.

American, original.

indexI was born across the bridge from Boston, Massachusetts, in Cambridge, as July 4th fireworks exploded over the Charles River, just a stone’s throw from Harvard University. At age two, my family moved to Somerville, Ma.,where I was raised in a rough blue-collar environment, playing many sports. In 1998 I relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, I work among special needs children and teach martial arts. Poetry began in high school, but took off in a more dedicated way in later years, along with resuming music studies, guitar. My poems are published in various anthologies; including Impressions, Prism, and the Mighty Voices Of Thunder Series, sponsored by the international poetry website, “Allpoetry.” I was a featured poet in Lyrical Somerville February 2015, a Boston based publication, as well as being an “Editor’s Front Page Pick,” for the month of March 2016 on Allpoetry. A defining moment that contributed significantly to further interest in writing was a First Place Award from the International Poetry Fellowship, for my poem, “Among Fields of Cotton.” Presently, I am happy to have the opportunity to explore various forms of poetry with Mr. Bruce Isaacson, Poet Laureate of Clark County Nevada.

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