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James Thurgood – 2 poems

Hurt again

            

My back this time

            

not saving a child from a rushing train

     not street-fighting a pimp

     not even wrestling a grizzly

            

          no:  making the bed

when all of a sudden

            

     what I fear re: age

– not bent with pain

     supping on poorhouse gruel

     – but gruel, pain

     and no story to tell.

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There’s got to be a reason

            

Home alone when the phone rings:

guy asks if I’m me and I am

and he’s him, do I know him

– no, he doesn’t know me either

but found a piece of paper

with my name and phone number

in his wallet

            

he pauses pregnant

and I can’t leave him hanging

like that so I say oh

            

yeah so I was wondering

how come I got this piece of paper

with your name and number in my wallet

            

pause

            

I don’t know (see above)       

                   

well there must be some reason –

I mean it’s your name and number

in my wallet

            

yeah I don’t know

            

like were we somewhere

at some place and you gave me

your name and number

            

I can’t recall

            

’cause it’s your name and number

so what’s it doing in my wallet

            

that’s a tough one

well like what are you into

what am I into

yeah well like what are you into y’know like

well I play music

oh!  I play banjo and guitar, Bluegrass –

what do you play

some guitar some harp

well are you any good

nothing special

l mean do you do gigs and stuff

sometimes

oh – we should get together

and jam

yeah sure

maybe next week some time

            

I write his name and number

on a scrap of paper for some reason

and stick it in my wallet.

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James Thurgood was born in Nova Scotia, grew up in Windsor, Ontario, and now lives in Calgary, Alberta.  He has been a labourer, musician, and teacher – not necessarily in that order. His poems have appeared in various journals (most recently, Broadkill Review, Umbrella Factory, Quatrain Fish), anthologies, and in a collection (Icemen/Stoneghosts, Penumbra Press).  He is also the author of His Own Misfortune, a work-in-progress. (thurgoodwordsalad.blogspot.com/)

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Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com

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