Saturday, November 16, 2013

Eric Robert Nolan- Three Poems

First Smoke
The day’s first smoke
Is so much more
Than another nice carcinogenic nip.

It’s coffee’s closest compatriot.
All that needed nicotine
Rushes the blood stream at once.
The high heart flutters like
A sparrow in pursuit.

Sweet nicotine
Stimulates the cortex.
The lungs are infused with the faux
Sense of wellbeing.
I can beat away the day’s frustrations 
With a little white stick.

© Eric Robert Nolan 2013


Like an awkward emperor,
you sit alone atop 
the rooftop of my urbane neighbors.

Squat and fat and white, you’re
a satisfied and unenlightened despot.
Edicts issue out
From your discordant “caw!”

What do those yuppies think of you?
Your mien makes
Their rich art-deco house
A commonplace kingdom.
Your ungainly gait makes
a prosaic palace of their home.

Cardinals arcing over
are airborne scarlet darts.

Pairs of swallows will sometimes
loop in symmetry.

You’ll have none of it.  You’re
All utilitarian flight
And graceless landings.

If you were human
you’d be a pot-bellied plumber, perhaps
in a wife-beater t-shirt
holding a beer.

Other birds will swoop and dive.
Other birds will sing.
But your cawing only exhorts us,
“Hail to The King.”

© Eric Robert Nolan 2013

Dyslexic Dad Haiku

When one twin mouths off
Do angry dyslexic Dads
Slap the wrong sibling?

© Eric Robert Nolan 2013


Eric Robert Nolan graduated from Mary Washington College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.   As an investigative journalist, his work has appeared on the front pages of The Culpeper Star-Exponent, The Free Lance – Star and The Daily Progress in the Virginia.  Eric’s poetry and short stories have been published by Dagda Publishing, Illumen, Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Dead Beats Literary Blog, Dead Snakes, The Bright Light Café, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and elsewhere.    His first novel, a horror- science fiction story entitled “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More,” will be published by Dagda Publishing on November 19th.

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