From 2019.

 

Line 3: Avalon is, or was, a Boston nightclub.

 

Line 13 (O'Donnell, Barnes, Bradley): the names of elementary and middle schools in 1970s East Boston.




Can You See Me

I am the mausoleum in the October raindrop
I am the proud placard at the Mayor Pete rally
I am the bloated parcel of bliss at Avalon

I am the scowling Tory at the B-52's concert
I am the brittle deacon at Lollapalooza
I am the surly sexton at Lilith Fair

I am the lemon twist in your 4th martini
I am the poet in the canned soup aisle
I am the mishegas in your well-oiled machine

I am Niles Crane at the biker bar
I am the orange soda at Woolworth's lunch counter
I am the flickering test-pattern on Channel 38

I am Hugh Roe O'Donnell Joseph H. Barnes Manassah E. Bradley
I am Emma Lazarus shaking her head in dismay





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Written on 2021-04-08 at 07:10

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Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
Such a fine and vivid litany, peppered with wry humor at places. I especially cherish: "I am the lemon twist in your 4th martini / I am the poet in the canned soup aisle" stanza. A fine work, Tom.
2021-04-10