Disaster Poem in 3 Parts


this is the disaster I perceive this morning:

the pain in my leg has kept me in bed

long after my lover leaves for work

this is my world, as it hurts this morning

I go limping into the kitchen to finally eat

two soft boiled eggs left for me

by my lover, with coffee in the press

next to them, but, I have overslept

so, coffee has gone bad, eggs do not

cooperate with peeling, the pain makes

the frustration seem magnified



the reality of my disaster this morning:

someone loves me enough to leave food

even though I was depressing them all day

yesterday, she left me eggs & coffee, I overslept

this is my burden as I nurse wounds that

never seem to heal, she does not have

much more time or patience, is the feeling

who would, in a world so full of disaster?



the disaster as an ongoing reality theme:

this is what was rescued from the wreckage

this world that has been dangled over precipice

for o so long, now tattered & ambiguous about life

this world has seen such worse disaster, but always

it is expecting to see the final event, not as apocalypse,

nor as fearful culmination of suicidal desire, but as

relief, maybe, from eggs that don’t peel, coffee gone bad or

wounds that never heal & a world that has seen it all before

© 2013, A. Razor. All rights reserved.

A. Razor (5 Posts)

A. Razor was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1963, but brought to California at the age of 1. He was raised with a strong desire to read and write, but an even greater desire to survive, which has aided his experience and longevity so far. He began writing and publishing around 1980 in various underground zines and publications, first in the Los Angeles area, then ever expanding outward from there as he was discovered by Drew Blood Press, Ltd. in 1984. He has read his work at many readings and spoken word events over the years. He has fought hard to live and express his art for many years in many ways. Recently he became a member of the Hollywood Institute of Poetics in Los Angeles, CA in 2009. On January 13, 2012, A. Razor combined efforts with Iris Berry and founded Punk Hostage Press, which publishes books and brings literary arts to an audience that is inside institutional situations such as shelters, jails, prisons and treatment centers. His writing has always explored the world that he has sought to be a part of and to rebel against in the same paradoxical moment. He has traveled extensively, seeking and enduring everything from homelessness and imprisonment to serenity and peace. He now works with non-profit organizations in order to be a steward of services and support for those who have similar circumstances.

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  1. Great piece. :)

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