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Recital
poetry by Benjamin Barrett

 

They all think I’m reading a poem, but you
know better.  You know I’m just making up
this shit as I go along.  Its just… you’re too
distracting.  Sexy.  You just toss a coup-
ple looks and I’m so stupid I don’t know
my ass from a hole in the ground, but somehow I’m
supposed to be able to read this poem.  Although,
I have to say that if I had a dime
for every poem I’ve read to get some girl
I wouldn’t be quite so poor… but close.  Well, I
just thought I’d get up here, give it a whirl,
but obviously it didn’t work.  Oh, by
the way, underneath, that may be some
strange sort of compliment- you make me dumb.