Four Poems

Editor’s Note: What follows is an ever-so-slightly edited and reformatted version of an e-mail exchange between the poets Laurie Coker and Thom Anon. The poems are of course intact. To properly read this exchange, scroll down to the bottom, and read upwards. So, in the order they were sent, the poems are:

A Word From the Wise by Laurie Coker
Elder Ring by Thom Anon
High Class by Laurie Coker
Open Mike by Thom Anon

As you can also read, the poetry community in Austin, Texas is very much vibrantly alive. Yes, something different from Dr. Hurley!

– Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke, guest editor

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thom woodruff [Thom Anon] worldpoet@rocketmail.com 2 Jan 2012
to Laurie Coker

OPEN MIKE

where every one is welcomed
and harmonies may be heard
with word and song and cadence
that illuminates our world

every one who enters
has a chance to be
center of attention
(at least,temporarily)

our footprints in the sand
our words within the wind
our fire hearts that warm
our spirit that sings

each a blade of grass or weed
enjoying simply-our right to be

January 2012

tuesday 3-ruta maya open mike 3601 south congress 5-9pm MELANIE ROSE HOSTS
wed 4-THRICE RETURNS 909 west mary 6-9pm HOSTED BY JULIAN ENOCH
th 5th-TEMPLE POETS MEET@BODEGA BEAN water st belton 6-8pm
fri 6-FAIR BEAN 5-7pm 2410 south first .Hosted by AMY ZAMARRIPA
sat 7-RUMI @EXPRESSIONS! 2215 EM Franklin 5129268880 6-10pm(Austin Bahai Center) Bring a dish for the pot luck/cans for poets pantry-6-10pm -ALL AGES READING! GARRISON MARTT presents a MYSTERY poet-round robin after features/pot luck!

CHECK THIS OUT!=http://thomworldpoet.blogspot.com/ and (www.worldpoetry.org)

From: Laurie Coker <lcoker1@austin.rr.com>
To: ‘thom woodruff’ <worldpoet@rocketmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 1, 2012 10:41 AM
Subject:

High Class

By Laurie Coker

My classroom is a dichotomy of youth’s coloring.
Their anxious faces wanting to absorb any of life’s gleanings I may offer.
Their façade of maturity and street acumen is betrayed by innocence
Exuding from their pores.
I love their faces, their expressions unbeknownst to them.
Someday they will see themselves in others but not now.
Time will ripen them and hopefully they will become
Like fine vintage wines, each with his/her own delicious bouquet…
And someday smile at youth’s dichotomy.

From: thom woodruff [Thom Anon mailto:worldpoet@rocketmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2012 6:09 AM
To: Laurie Coker
Subject: ELDER RING

ELDER RING

As we advance in years,a presumption occurs
that we are wise because we have survived.This is random
and our tiny lives could be snatched from us like a child’s toy
by fates as anonymous as daily headlines.We are still here-
so folk of youth and fear ask HOW and WHY
We laugh,because of a certain rough spiritual equality
that means we all share breath,life,this planet
and will all leave here.Leaving ourselves here.
Consciousness is fleeting.Time is revealing.
For we have sat @elder’s knee and asked for wisdom.
It did not come.Just sharing
what it is we all have right now -in common
Eldering.

January 2012

sunday 1=HOT MAMAS 3-6pm then KICK BUTT 5775 west airport 7-10pm
tuesday 3-ruta maya open mike 3601 south congress 5-9pm MELANIE ROSE HOSTS wed 4-THRICE RETURNS 909 west mary 6-9pm HOSTED BY JULIAN ENOCH th 5th-TEMPLE POETS MEET@BODEGA BEAN water st belton 6-8pm
fri 6-FAIR BEAN 5-7pm 2410 south first .Hosted by AMY ZAMARRIPA
sat 7-RUMI @EXPRESSIONS! 2215 EM Franklin 5129268880 6-10pm
Bring a dish for the pot luck/cans for poets pantry-6-10pm -ALL AGES READING!

CHECK THIS OUT!=http://thomworldpoet.blogspot.com/ and (www.worldpoetry.org)

From: Laurie Coker <lcoker1@austin.rr.com>
To: Laurie Coker <lcoker1@austin.rr.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2011 4:34 PM
Subject:

A Word From the Wise

By Laurie Coker

She is my friend. And we know each other well.
We became friends when we were young mothers.
Our children grew through their toddler years together.
They shared saliva and colds and toys and food
Without realizing that’s what they were doing.
But we both knew and now we remember
As if it were yesterday.
Only now those children are bringing up their children
Well, hers anyway. She is Gramma.
I am still Laurie. If I have grandchildren
They are hidden away protectively and do not know
Of my existence.

And now after all these years she wants a favor of me.
She wants me to talk to her grown-up daughter
Who is mother to two young children
Even though their father is in absentia
(more or less). She wants me to talk to
The New Mother. She says to me,
“She will laugh at you, but she will listen to you
And your words will stick.”
A somewhat scary proposition.

Being older makes us wiser, but only
Within our own experience. If I could go back in time
I wouldn’t. Too much effort in learning my lessons
The first time. My heart would break all over again.
You would have to cart me off to The Home. Forever.
It would be my undoing. And giving Good Advice
Is Risky. So in my duplicitous wisdom I agree.
My sticky words are “Let me have them for the day.
You do something you haven’t in a while, something
Just for you. Give yourself some time away
To think, relax, be creative. Remember what a wonderful
Little child you were? Anyway, we all thought you were.
So do me a favor and give yourself a break.”

Friends will do just about anything for each other.

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Thom Anon is an improvising troubleshooting troubadour who plays with words and Muse. He hosts EXPRESSIONS and FULL ENGLISH POETRY CAFE in Austin, Texas and has printed 250 books of poetry, released 31 CDs and too many tapes of improvisations. His websites are: http://WWW.worldpoetry.org and http:// thomworldpoet.blogspot.com/.

Laurie Coker is a native Texan and long time resident of Austin. She retired from the Texas Department of Health in 2003 and has been substitute teaching for Austin Independent School District since then – as well as acting in local theater, films and television. Laurie has been writing poetry most of her life – ever since she learned her letters – and enjoys sharing and exchanging her poetry via email. She has been published in The Signal, Stone Drum, and numerous college publications. In 1986 her collection of Christmas poems was published by AMS Press.

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This week is being guest edited by Australian poet Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke.

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