Poems of a Young Man: “I AM A POEM (Unrehearsed)”


It‘s noisy in this incarnation.

I have to keep reassuring myself that I am.

(I am… aren’t I?)

Exclamation points and question marks punctuate my life.

It’s a canvas painted in broad generalities

but when you let the fractal draw you in,

you are dazzled by detailed specifics.

So we go on:

on on on.

There is more:

my face/my eyes/my voice.

I can see my thoughts unravel

as if removed, from a distance.

I can hear sounds:

a radio plays carried on simmering heatwaves-

an incessant clock ticks, incessantly-

my heartbeat whispers.

I taste my coffee/turn the page

assaulted by the empty space.

Blank pages unreel

until the journal is filled,

the epitaph spoken

final remains, reclaimed.

Apparently, I am.

(Or so it would seem.)

And while I write, so I am.

Creature of the earth,

I can only be in one place at a time.

And for now

I am here.

Here, now, sprawled on a creaky old bed

on a sticky Johnstown afternoon.

Caressed by a loving fan,

I am striking keys on a heavy old typewriter

in the attic bedroom of creaky old 320 Cypress Street.

The prodigal grandson returns to the scene of the crime-

the place of his birth.

I am a guest in my hometown:

the place this poem began.

And now it all makes sense.


I am a poem.

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© KPKeelan
(8- 2- 77)

About KPKeelan

Fool, Philosopher, Lover & Dreamer, Benign TROUBLEMAKER, King and Jester of KPKworld, an online portal to visual and linguistic mystery, befuddlement and delight.
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2 Responses to Poems of a Young Man: “I AM A POEM (Unrehearsed)”

  1. Abel Martinez says:

    Great Poem! I loved it. I would have ended it at “the place this poem began”.


    • KPKeelan says:

      Thanks brother! I am very gratified to know you are reading. Still hoping to get a new poem of yours to publish this year! I wrote this so many decades ago, I’m sure I would have made different choices today. I’ll go back and look at it, bearing your suggestion in mind…


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