Martin H. Levinson
I write poetry because it helps me make sense of the world around and inside me. It piques my interest in the past and prods me to think more about the present and the future. I find the act of writing poetry joyful and self-reinforcing, even when the content of my poems is about sad or traumatic events. Please visit my website: martinlevinson.com.
Please Don’t Grudge Me My Platitudes
Some folks strut their stuff,
line their ducks up in a row,
step into the sunshine and
feather their nests. Other people
are always at loose ends, backs
against the wall, dealing with one
damn thing after another. Well,
life may not be a bowl of cherries,
yet the show must go on, the game’s
worth the candle so eat, drink and be
merry. But don’t eat like a horse and
drink like a fish. That will make you as
big as a house. Long story short,
I’ve been up to my neck in alligators
and its been hard to maintain an even keel.
Still, my father didn’t raise any idiots and
I want to age gracefully so I will try to be
cool and go with the flow. At the end of
the day that’s far better than getting bent
out of shape and popping one’s cork.
That’s probably even true
at the end of the night.
© 2017 Martin H. Levinson
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