Your Move by Bruce Michael Foley

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YOUR MOVE

If I truly knew the vast country of
your thoughts, I’d travel rough back roads
again, follow lonesome railroad tracks overgrown
with weeds and thicket, to that place where
hobos live without complaint, sharing stolen
cold beans, swigs of Thunderbird and stale bread.

I know where you are at
but you’ve always been hard to find.

Thoughts being of no substance
you might as well fix your address
in the sky –
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still on
the lookout, ready to receive and help carry
your baggage, collect the bill, including
return fare and all your meals.

I’d put you up at the Ritz, with
unlimited room service, leave a bag of
magic dust under your pillow, to ensure
pleasant dreams befitting your imagination.

Anything you want to fulfill all expectations.

Just spare me the nightmares you always
collect along your way, and because
you never did listen, I have decided to write
poetry instead of speaking.

Oh, yes, I’m still here.

I’m just tired of poor excuses
when you lose your way, and I’ve
given up on pleading.

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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