Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mark Nenadov- Two Poems

Lakeside Park in Early Spring

I've never had a better brunch with you
at a Dutch restaurant than this one
where way too much food
was piled on three individual plates,
each plate being fit to be divided in half
and scarfed down with syrup
    and ketchup
and maybe a little shaved ham.

The person behind us seemed a bit cold
    and old
as she squinted into some newspaper
perhaps documenting a dreary council meeting
in this little lazy lakeside town.

We left with a bit too much in the gut sack
and pack back into the car
off to the barber
where you had to sit in a line
and the barber might
    barb real fine
but the times have changed
and he says, "no sir, we don't do
straight razor shaves anymore".

And before long we are leaving downtown
down to the water
at Lakeside park
the trees still stand bare
with flowers just starting to bloom
and enough sun to
    dispel the gloom
and just enough fog everywhere
to restrict the zoom on my camera
and a dreamy duck edges along the rippled water.

This part of our day won't need a wallet, I imagine,
unless we stop for ice cream or something.
Well, I suppose
everyone has a right
    to dream.

Winter Abode

Silent night—put more bricks on the fire
    tonight is the final night
when the snow owl flies—so light up your pipe
be alert
you're frozen to the core
    you wise old man
owlish in all your ways
swallow your pride
smell the delight of the winter night
don't you hide
    throw chalky bricks on the fire
and light your pipe
    it's warm inside.   

(Previously appeared in Boston Poetry Magazine - May 24, 2013)

Bio: Mark Nenadov is a poet from Essex, Ontario, Canada. He lives with his lovely wife and their baby daughter. Mark's poems have appeared in publications in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. He also has a poem in the Whisky Sour City anthology recently published by Black Moss Press. See for more details.

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