Laurence Overmire
Bitter Sweet (Senryu) by Laurence Overmire

Bitter Sweet (Senryu) by Laurence Overmire

bitter, sweet, loverhappy, sad, impossibletragedy of hearts(Previously published in Poems Md, Apr 2008)

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Eight-Year-Old, Learning To Skate by Laurence Overmire

Eight-Year-Old, Learning To Skate by Laurence Overmire

Bully had a nameBut I've forgotten1966 too long agoRemember what he didPushed me on the iceFor no apparent reasonChattering words of contemptHe wanting to fight butI just walked ...

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Asleep At The Switch by Laurence Overmire

Asleep At The Switch by Laurence Overmire

There were bombs exploding in IraqBabies turning blue in the immovable quash of rubbleA government twisting truths into the mostOutrageous kinds of liesThe end-game justifying ...

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Equal Opportunity Knocks by Laurence Overmire

Equal Opportunity Knocks by Laurence Overmire

Standing at the bottom of a huge cylindrical roomSurrounded by doorsAll lockedTwo chaps considered the situation.The first summoned his considerable energiesKnocking and ...

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Differences by Laurence Overmire

Differences by Laurence Overmire

What is the difference between a black man and a white man? Is there a difference between a Japanese and a Chinese? A Bosnian and a Serb? How about the difference between a ...

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Daybreak (Haiku) by Laurence Overmire

Daybreak (Haiku) by Laurence Overmire

Sunlight through the windowbirdsongs catch the morning mistday dreams taking flight(Previously published in Borders and Time, March 2000)

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For A Loaf Of Rembrandt by Laurence Overmire

For A Loaf Of Rembrandt by Laurence Overmire

Funny howArtistsHave to dieIn order to make a living.Only then, six-feet underFeeding maggotsDo people finally begin to understandWhat the hell they were trying to do.And ...

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Hieroglyphic (Haiku) by Laurence Overmire

Hieroglyphic (Haiku) by Laurence Overmire

Hieroglyphicmystery in ancient stonewisdom old as Time(Previously published in Borders and Time, March 2000)

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Techno Man by Laurence Overmire

Techno Man by Laurence Overmire

I'm plugged in. wigged out. logged on.To the wall.Brain-wiredThrough windows of intercyber spaceTele-marketed on airwaves ofHigh-tech no resolutionToastered in a micro-waved ...

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Filler by Laurence Overmire

Filler by Laurence Overmire

Sometimes I feel like I’mJust filling spaceLike a poemIn someone’s newspaperGlanced over withMorning coffeeAnd a piece of toastHoping and prayingThat somehow I don’tWind up, ...

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Winners And Losers by Laurence Overmire

Winners And Losers by Laurence Overmire

As an outsider, looking inYou might wonder whyNo glory, no golden global OscarIs bestowed on thoseWho survive—quietly behind closed curtainsRejected and defiled inSwamps of ...

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Chasing A Tail by Laurence Overmire

Chasing A Tail by Laurence Overmire

The serpent slides through the birth canal...and out into the fullness of a lifewrithing its way around the spiral of the years...until at last it twists its headthrough the ...

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The Smoke Of Gallipoli by Laurence Overmire

The Smoke Of Gallipoli by Laurence Overmire

Nineteen years oldHe lost his legsA field of shard and wireTrench and bunkerBullets flyingAustralians and TurksFightingFor what? He won’t ever be ableTo answer the questionOr ...

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The Wall by Laurence Overmire

The Wall by Laurence Overmire

How many yearsA city, a country, a people sliced in twoLook backUpon a simpler timeWhen brother met brotherSisters court with sonsMothers made of daughtersFathers to us allLook ...

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Lost Masterpiece by Laurence Overmire

Lost Masterpiece by Laurence Overmire

MichelangeloWas born black in 20th century America.He was a shoeshine boy and a waiterA garbage man and a handymanA store clerk and a construction worker.In fact, he spent so ...

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All A Blur by Laurence Overmire

All A Blur by Laurence Overmire

Life is all about focusThat upon which you focusBecomes your realityYour own personal truthIf you look at a flowerAnd feel its textureKnow its scent and color thenYour flower ...

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Laurence Overmire

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Laurence Overmire

Little Boy BobTurned 20Smoked a joint with his headphones onSaidI’m supposed to live it up, find some chicks and drink some beer.So he did.Little Boy BobHit 30Sat on his couch ...

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Free Speech by Laurence Overmire

Free Speech by Laurence Overmire

There’s one thing we can’t talk aboutEver: ReligionAt least not in publicNo way to discuss, analyze, comment or(Most especially)CriticizeIf you doVenture into that Forbidden ...

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Interlopers by Laurence Overmire

Interlopers by Laurence Overmire

Early in the morning, before rehearsalsA cup of coffee in the student unionRelaxing on sofasTalking about anything and everythingWhatever came to mind, no need toCensor random ...

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Imprecision by Laurence Overmire

Imprecision by Laurence Overmire

A person’s perception of anotheris limited tofragmentary momentsexperienced subjectivelyprojected unwittinglyjudgments quarantinedin air-tight boxes of the skulltruth unable to ...

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Minimum Wage by Laurence Overmire

Minimum Wage by Laurence Overmire

If life can’t be lovedLived long with passionThe deep caress of soulfulNight and dayWhat use thenThe slow trudge of one footAlready in the graveMarking timeCounting ...

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Elusive by Laurence Overmire

Elusive by Laurence Overmire

For every *drop* of truththere is a bucketful of fiction.(Previously published in Spilled Ink, July 2000.)

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Mt. Rushmore (Senryu) by Laurence Overmire

Mt. Rushmore (Senryu) by Laurence Overmire

Rushmore's peering headswisdom in a granite browquestions for the mutes

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The Making Of A Man by Laurence Overmire

The Making Of A Man by Laurence Overmire

The masculine, my ladIs not the bombast of foolish braggadocioNor the flexing of unwarranted muscleThe brutal crush of an innocentNo, the masculine isThe glint of the sword, ...

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Still Life With Knife by Laurence Overmire

Still Life With Knife by Laurence Overmire

I’d like to peel myselflike an applediscard that thin skinbruised so easily, cut out the hollowswhere worms have dug their holes, carefully remove the seedsclutched tight within ...

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Ode To An Endangered Species by Laurence Overmire

Ode To An Endangered Species by Laurence Overmire

Will you not leave us here too longWe have not paid attentionTo squander the best of the worldA pity we do not understandOurselvesNo more you fly in the windNo more the buoyant ...

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Deadly Truths by Laurence Overmire

Deadly Truths by Laurence Overmire

They killed Jesus.They killed Lincoln.They killed JFK, RFKMartin Luther King.Mahatma Gandhi murderedon his way to pray.Even John Lennon killedfor daring to imagine? Whenever the ...

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Seven Set Free, Jan.28,1986 (A Tribute To The Space Shuttle Challenger) by Laurence Overmire

Seven Set Free, Jan.28,1986 (A Tribute To The Space Shuttle Challenger) by Laurence Overmire

What was itThat mocked sweet sleepA message from beyondUnderstandingSome doomPortendedIn the mist of a dreamNo heed taken…ChallengerDaring courier to the impregnable DarkBlazing ...

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Last Card by Laurence Overmire

Last Card by Laurence Overmire

With every closing of a doorThere is another door that opensIn new space of mindOnly courage requiredTo take the stepThe crossing of the thresholdOn the verge of a salient ...

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Clarion by Laurence Overmire

Clarion by Laurence Overmire

The future is won or lost in the war of ideasAs we gather here today, our words flying intoThe ether, they make war with loftier orMeaner configurations of syntax and ...

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An Actor Prepared by Laurence Overmire

An Actor Prepared by Laurence Overmire

An actor experiencesOther people’s livesThrough a metamorphosis of mindWords sifted through a membrane ofArchetypal truthEmotion held in space and timeAnd passed from body to ...

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Homestead by Laurence Overmire

Homestead by Laurence Overmire

Considered too small at five foot fiveTo manage the farmMy grandfather IrlIn the nineteen teensWas cast out into the worldTo fend for himselfLike so many othersDriven from the ...

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Anti-Gravity by Laurence Overmire

Anti-Gravity by Laurence Overmire

Every day I need to spendA little time with my soulConnect with that inner spaceWhen the world intrudes withScissors knifing through a Hitchcock curtainThe interior is ...

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Dowdy Won’T Doody by Laurence Overmire

Dowdy Won’T Doody by Laurence Overmire

She looks radiant todayWhat is itI meanLet's be honest she's had theDowdy, frumpy look for quite awhileButWhat is it that's differentA new hairdo? new lipstick? It couldn't be a ...

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Caliban In Moonlight by Laurence Overmire

Caliban In Moonlight by Laurence Overmire

Seeing things as we doMaking judgments of good or badRight and wrongDismissing out-of-handSans cognizance or reflectionWe miss the opportunityTo experience life from a different ...

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I Want To Be by Laurence Overmire

I Want To Be by Laurence Overmire

I want to beA coffee potAnd hiss and steam and drip so smoothAnd people will sayDamn, that’s a good cup of coffee.I want to beA popcorn popperI’ll flip them kernels with a ...

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Candle by Laurence Overmire

Candle by Laurence Overmire

Half-burntOn a mantelWax dripping from some fond estuaryOf an evening pastUn-lit nowThe memories stalled upon the stemWaiting for a new matchTo strikeAnd light the dark room ...

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In A Tiny Room by Laurence Overmire

In A Tiny Room by Laurence Overmire

the dust upon the floora cache of broken curiostables cluttered cleanmy life tumbled here about meyears have dripped across the wallsand pools of wasted secondsstain the carpet ...

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In Times Of Trouble by Laurence Overmire

In Times Of Trouble by Laurence Overmire

I saw my sister BeatledIn 1964Gum-cracking to the toe-tap ofEd Sullivan’s really big shoeTeeny-bopping girl, she neededTo believe in something otherThan a bullet through a ...

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Lightning From The Genome by Laurence Overmire

Lightning From The Genome by Laurence Overmire

99.9% of our genes are identicalOne human to anotherWhat difference, then isOne-tenth of a percent? Enough to justifyHatred, jealousy, contemptWar? In one-tenth of one percentWe ...

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The First Taste Of Beer by Laurence Overmire

The First Taste Of Beer by Laurence Overmire

was enough to make you wretchyou remember how it was but with time, we learned to savoryou and I, the bitters of the draughtthe fond recollection on the tongue when all was ...

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Weird Emily by Laurence Overmire

Weird Emily by Laurence Overmire

Sat in the corner of her dark, disturbed roomHiding from the careless lackadaisof the outside worldly folkThe thoughtless gesture, the idle lookThe conversations that glanced ...

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The Amish Girl by Laurence Overmire

The Amish Girl by Laurence Overmire

She stands there lookingGrass growing in fields at her feetThe smell of dung wafts through the airA pitchfork stabbed into blackened soilHer blue eyes innocent and wiseAsk ...

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Dull Revenge by Laurence Overmire

Dull Revenge by Laurence Overmire

Shakespeare must have seen it400 years agoHow everything seems trivial at a certainPoint in timeHamlet looking back, Polonius tombed, From a hill of Fortinbras’d fortuneWe too, ...

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Gyroscope by Laurence Overmire

Gyroscope by Laurence Overmire

To get to the truthYou must transcend wordsYou must transcendConsciousness itselfAllow what is underneathThat great unknowable HiddenTo take what voice it willAnd make the ...

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E.E. Cum C (A Tribute To E.E. Cummings) by Laurence Overmire

E.E. Cum C (A Tribute To E.E. Cummings) by Laurence Overmire

e. e. oh oh you saw what where)principles laid (remarkably in tight toono one diddle daddle up)down (sidesround a bramble stick thorn inhollow heads? fly mooned cow ...

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East Side Ladies by Laurence Overmire

East Side Ladies by Laurence Overmire

The East Side Ladiesare all very chicfresh furs on their shouldersdiamonds in their earstheir shoes are never dirtyand their dresses always pressedand they speak in clipped ...

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Glass Houses by Laurence Overmire

Glass Houses by Laurence Overmire

Poetry has beendelicate crystalpreciously placedquaint curio, glass and brassthe far right cornerpedestal and candlehigh above the mantlefine for show andafter dinner ...

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Don’T Interfere by Laurence Overmire

Don’T Interfere by Laurence Overmire

The poem is its own masterI obeyCommands I barely understandPreparing the wayFor some deeper revelation: A -drop- of waterThat feeds the root of the tree.(Previously published ...

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Gauntlets by Laurence Overmire

Gauntlets by Laurence Overmire

Young knight of the mortal realmYour sturdy shield may weatherThe blows of shallow circumstanceAnd protect your cowering limbsFrom opportunity lostBut the noble Knight of ...

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