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.
I 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.