Crazy Heart

by Scott Utley

I love the laughter in my barbecued mind; faint echoes of Cherry Sprites

pierce a fragile silence. They skip down the pathway to my papier-mâché heart.

They found a home inside me. We trade love for shelter.

Do you hear the music? Hear it? I can pick up radio stations just

by opening up my inner ears. Listen, “Well, he talked all night about the suicide and how it

kicked him in the head when he was twenty-five …” Think I’m pretty? Do you? Do you

respect me? Will you ever? I’m not a convict or a felon. You look at me as if I am.

You think I’m crazy, don’t you? Well, get this. I do community service because I

truly want to help others any way I can. I’m not forced by any court to do this.

It’s my way of giving something back to all the little people

who have helped to make me who I am today. Oh my, here we are already.

That was fast. Anyway, this is my exit, Hollywood and Vine.

You may come up to my place for a while ... if you wish. Sip some wine.

I don’t bite. Well, I do but I won't. If you’re really good and treat me right,

I might even let you spend the night. Oh, you hear that? Listen. Hear it?

“Mister Sandman, sing me a tune ... ”


Author's Note: Poetry Contest entry for June 4th.
Ava Blu: Moderator - I am not smart enough
to link the photograph contestants are asked
to examine and write upon.
It can be located on the Forum page,
under poetry contest.

Posted on 05/30/2011
Copyright © 2023 Scott Utley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 05/30/11 at 03:13 PM

Really a fascinating personality here - the unexpected twist of voluntary community service - I like your approach to this photo very much.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/04/11 at 03:28 PM

Congrats, Scott!

Posted by James Zealy on 06/04/11 at 04:23 PM

Congratulations Scott well done.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 06/04/11 at 08:49 PM

Congratulations, Scott, on both winning the contest and potd. You wrote an excellent poem that is truly imaginative. You certainly did pick ideas from the photo that weren't there, but you saw beyond that. ~Chele~

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 06/04/11 at 08:50 PM

Ok, add one "l" to my name. ;-)

Posted by V. Blake on 06/05/11 at 01:15 AM

You had me from "barbecued mind," Scott. Your entry was completely unique, and stood out even from a crowd of pretty awesome poems. Congratulations on a well-deserved win!

Posted by Maria Massarella on 06/13/11 at 08:29 PM

Congratulations on winning the poetry contest, Scott. Your poem is written from an intriguing perspective. I love its uniqueness. Lovelight*hugs...

Posted by Kristine Briese on 06/30/11 at 11:43 PM

I'm a little late, but I did enjoy it.

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