For my prompt at Real Toads, using a quote as a springboard for a poem.


Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.” ― Allen Ginsberg

the night is too long,
too hot even with the air conditioning.
is it only 1:00 a.m.?
thoughts tango around in my brain,
now they are doing a quickstep.
“Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue…”
insipid love poems,
long and rambling poems of
ocean and alcohol, suicide and drugs.
I know, I’ve done them all.
I want to be honest.
I want to be honest.

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