Presidents & Theaters

I’m getting a late start on National Poetry Month this year, but I’ll be following the prompts from the Found Poetry Review ( ). The one I got for the first prompt restricted me to choosing ten words from two pages of random text to represent the first words of a ten-line poem entitled Presidents & Theaters.


Presidents & Theaters


Observance: we continue

working, perhaps feverishly, sometimes

running towards fires set by accident, or

conjunction. We take a step back, inhale this

varicolored atmosphere, and then


say what erupts from our honest core, or we embrace

discontinued versions of ourselves,

mildly betrayed by ourselves—

permeated by concepts of obligation and spectacle,

“safety” becoming a convenient mantra.



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