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Poems by B.Z. Niditch – On a Graffiti Wall and Age of Disquiet, 1968 November 1, 2015

Posted by vscorpiozine in BZ Niditch, poems, poems about 1960s, poetry, Veteran Poets.
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On a graffiti wall, 1990
by the city’s shelter
near the sea board canal
after Valentine’s day
passed me by
taking this scrawled message
as a sign and high water mark
for that day’s urban read
resolving not to think about it
as any poet is burnished
by his rubbed out eyes
and runaway desire
to forget all burnt out
old relationships and affairs
which like forget-me- nots
in a bright blue
or burrs on a bitter fruit
always seasonally resurface
like a bad nightmare
evinces my memory
by evocative flash-points
on my motor scooter
and wouldn’t you know,
a friend confronts me
with his endless doctored
conquest reports
sees me and waves
near my anchored kayak
wounded by wintry storms
after his seagoing eyes
make out with intimations
of adventure in gestures
with his strong arm humor
in his Patriot football jacket,
sarcastically saying,
“There are more fish in the sea”
yet he graciously offers to help me
with the anchor on my kayak
by the edge of the dock
in this breakable noon low tide
and treats me to a lobster roll
in the local restaurant
where he waits on tables
and gets his love sick dates
from the weekend tourists
by the town’s lighthouse.


A reading lamplight burns
by my rough-cast play
and I’m driving tomorrow
the turn of the motorcycle
to the Big Apple
with no companion
caressed by the grace
of a dear John letter
sent to my friend in ‘Nam
and then sent out to me
with his belongings
to be delivered to his ex
but benumbed by so much
and hating soap opera endings
and coveting peace of mind
from every missed opportunity
of an exiled loquacious poet
now impressed by fear and tired
admitting no guilt
and unable to talk
decide not to visit anyone
by balancing my time
in creativity
and not anyone’s past remorse.


B.Z. NIDITCH is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer.

His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Hungary); Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others. His newest poetry collection, “Everything, Everywhere,” will be available from Penhead Press in September.

He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.



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