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C.N.P Poetry 

  • Writer's pictureCathexis Northwest Press

the doctor put a “Mr.” on that kid’s name

By: D.S. Randol


with the little rhino-eyed

boy / snoring after sniffling

sitting just behind me

/ who /

didn't say -- a word / didn't say -- a word /

sitting in the hospital lobby

red seats

sitcom's / bass line above us

I'd have bum - p - ed /

my apple -- two scalps / creation -- a pyramid

the baseline of a temple

holding the same thought

he and I, "Ouch!" an understanding

woken from my slumber, woken from his sleep

Dormant --

where before, I've been there

-- allergies

blond buzzcut to a wooded / door /

pushing up his glasses

harboring heavy grey thoughts

sniffing all the way

maybe I'd have done the same

walking through a mirror

endangered spirit

for his introspec




D.S. Randol is driven by poetry and the concepts of energy and passion. He is currently a resident of Maryland but is most familiar with the wetlands of Louisiana.

"So y'know when you see a little kid out and about? And it's like, a momentary revelation that "Oh dANG that little snotnose is the FUTURE! "They'll learn much more than I'll ever know," right? Then I think very rarely, you feel something different. You look at a kid, and you feel some sort of connection... It's impossible to know and merely a glorified assumption, but you see a kid, and you see your past self. You sense a kindred spirit. He sat in the chair behind mine--back-to-back. I thought, if only I could forge some sort of connection! If only I could even just bump the back of my head on his, that mutual small shock would be just that: mutual! A connection, a jolt, as if that would make everything clear. I'm a quiet person generally. I had crazy childhood allergies. This kid was quiet, and was constantly sniffing up... But... man, sometimes it just feels MORE than that. I think it's something everyone must feel, right? To see someone on the street, and to think, "I wish I could know you."


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