Accidentally Last
by A.J. Kaufmann

My very best poem will be the last one
the one written in invisible ink
stuck between a row of dusty
Kadarka
bottles
& withered sunflowers
the one on some ragged
yellowed piece of paper
or the one written in wax
on Basquiat’s art
facsimile
or w/ chalk
on my favorite sidewalk
for someone who likes to play
hop-scotch

The one that will only express
my breath’s
vivid
holiness
the one accidentally found
by the new house’s owners
who’ll never know
a poet lived here
before
the one that went
to the dustbin

A poem to summarize
my anonymous
presence:
the disenchanted
final
doorslam
the 2 A.M. coughing
Cohen’s old songs
& your reddening
curls

A poem scratched on asylum’s
ceilings
w/ petrified
matchsticks:
a poem a lifetime long
the poem the straitjacket
hides
the poem w/ one word only:
“holy, holy, holy…”

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A.J. Kaufmann  is a young Polish poet, songwriter and traveler, the author of Siva in Rags, Pilgrims & Indians, Broke Nuptial Minds, Saint of Kreuzberg and other poetry / song lyrics chapbooks. You can visit him online at http://ajkaufmann.pl or at http://kaballahfreighttrain.wordpress.com.

Insane in Rome (2008) and Saint of Kreuzberg (2010):
http://erbacce-press.webeden.co.uk/#/a-j-kaufmann/4530637516

Vagabond Vacancy (2010):
http://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com

Pilgrims & Indians (2008):
http://www.lulu.com/content/4473070

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