Cathexis Northwest Press
TO JAMES, MY BROTHER
By: Martha Patterson
James, my brother - I ask you on the phone
Do you ever wake up feeling life is unexciting?
Me, with my cigarettes and and news on the radio -
And backyard with the ants crawling and trees
Softly whispering in the wind, like brooms sweeping -
I sometimes feel that life is hopeless and forlorn -
But you, with your reading of James Bond novels
And the skiing down a mountainside in danger,
In escape from a ruthless, murderous criminal in
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” by Ian Fleming -
Does life seem adventurous and worthwhile then?
Forget it - never mind - I’m a lackadaisical wastrel
And I will never ski down hillsides in the Alps
To evade a monstrous, cruel enemy in snow -
I live in silence with my New England neighbors
And lead a quiet and not unusual and suburban life!
Martha Patterson's work has been published by Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, the Sheepshead Review, Silver Birch Press, Pioneer Drama Service, Syndrome Magazine, and others. Her 27-story collection SMALL ACTS OF MAGIC will be published this year by Finishing Line Press. She has degrees from Mt. Holyoke College and Emerson College, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves being surrounded by her books, radio, and laptop.
"I wrote this poem while reading one of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. These were books my brother told me about years ago, and it's true they're very exciting to read -- and they make an ordinary life seem rather dull by comparison."