November 3rd, 2011


Reading at South El Monte Library

I went to a small poetry reading sponsored by the Nuvein Foundation at the South El Monte Library tonight, reading from the latest Emerging Urban Poets chapbook with Don Kingfisher Campbell, Michael J. Cluff, Mina V. Kirby, Radomir Vojtech Luza, and Mary Torregrossa.

My contribution to the chapbook is the following:

Returning to Earth

Your reaction to my words
as unpredictable
as a fallen weather satellite's debris field
as we meet
          at the High School Reunion
          the lunch with old co-workers
          the chance encounter with an old
          lover at Starbucks
I/you have
        aged too much/too little
        are more/less successful
        have gained/lost weight
We smile
        about the old days
        talk about how good it was
neither trying to hide the lies.

In the heat of re-entry we lose
        who we have become

- Deborah P Kolodji
2011 Emerging Urban Poets chapbook, Oct 2011