Monday, January 14, 2013

Ivan Jenson- Three Poems

Cheap Date

I have always had used guitars,
women, and clothing
and I have always
shopped secondhand for
boots, books and hugs
but then again I have gotten
some great deals on
bikes, kisses and chipped dishes
but I am saving up now
for a house, wife and car
yet, sometimes it feels 
like I will never be able 
to afford 
real estate, 
real happiness 
real diamonds  
or anything more expensive
than a dollar and a dream
but hey, things might change
for this chump
so I am going to keep
hunting around
for the real deal
on gloves, slacks
and love

Local Yokel

I am not going to gloss over
the power of your lips
nor am I going to neglect
your neckline under 
that necklace
I can't allow myself
to collapse over
your caress and 
lose myself 
like you lost
your earrings
and so I will
stand tall
as the tale
you told me
about having
gone without touch
for so long
so please don't
powder over
the beard burns
I left on your cheek
for that is the mark
of this unmasked
musk wearing
Michigan based


My heavy 
handed words
you take lightly
yet my flippant 
remarks offend
which means
I should cloak
my verbal daggers
in gentle gentility
so that you
would not get hurt
by the sticks
and stones
which catapult
from my tongue
like spitfire
four lettered
fists of fury
also known as
slam dunk
drunk dialing
on a Saturday night


Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and HaloPoetry Super HighwayMad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson's debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel, a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon.

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