you might need a better poet

i want to sleep now like an old dog 

may i do that please   

just this one time  

for am i not an old dog now   

and is this afternoon not endless 

and dark with clouds  

already this afternoon has gone on 

for ten months   

and i want to sleep like an old dog  

just be quiet for once  


don’t probe your brain in the dark 

when you’re angry

with a screwdriver and a flashlight 

and an attitude

try to avoid saying “it can’t get any worse”

it really can get a lot worse and quickly

what’s that- 

you already probed your brain

and your life is a train wreck

you might need a better poet for that


tyler childers / whitehouse road


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haiku eye

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clay and branches


Summer's End

Medusa's Kitchen

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The Morning Porch/Patio

VIA NEGATIVA, purveyors of fine poetry since 2003