Monday, May 19, 2014

Tom Hatch- A Poem

Hobbies II

More hobbies like
Wigging out when putting your shoe on there’s something
In it the hobby it is the shoe lace
The hobby of sliding it out tickles you
The doctor tells you drop your drawers
Roll on your left side the hobby
Of foreplay a snapped rubber glove
And k-y jelly “this will be uncomfortable”
As the hobby of his finger rubs your gland
A bigger hobby is wishing he was his tall blond assistant
Listening outside the door
As long as I’m here maybe she could
Give a more thorough exam after a cocktail or two
The hobby of realizing cocktail
Begins with cock and ends with tail
The hobby of remembering in
College after brushing your teeth
You killed a cockroach between
The paste and the bristles
All over the inside of your mouth
The hobby of recycling condoms
By washing them out
Yes once again at the library
Finding the pretty girl
Always near the stack of Victor Hugo reading
“A shadow soothes me like
A lovers hand”
Then the hobby of thinking
She is reading this to you
And the cover illustration is a
Drawing by Augusta Rodin your fav
After staring at her beautiful face
The hobby of her caught held
Glance longer than passing
The hobby you are twice her age
Another big hobby is the awareness
You are still alive the follow through hobby of
Keeping it that way
Another stop thinking about death

1st published March 9, 2013 at Boyslut


Tom paid his dues in the SoHo art scene way back when. He was awarded two NEA grants for sculpture back then. And taught at various colleges and universities in the NYC metro area in art (including Princeton and U of Penn. in Philly). He is a regular at The Camel Saloon, Dead Snakes and BoySlut. He has published at The Mind[less] Muse, Jellyfish Whispers, Napalm and Novocain, Rusty Truck and Pyrokinection among others. He lives in CT with a few farms up and down the road works in Manhattan. His train ride to and from NYC is his solace, study and den where it all begins and ends.

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