You make your friends laugh
You scored the touchdown Friday night that won the game
You are sexy as sin, and know it
You could have every girl in this school and half the boys (if you kept it secret)
Your dad’s in management
Your mom’s the mayor
Hurled by genes, class, hormones, and luck
to an adolescent Everest,
You think this peak goes up.
You miss the flurry of wary eyes,
the ones who look away so you won’t see
that they once meant to be rock stars
and Superbowl MVPs
You don’t know your dad
is about to be downsized
You don’t know that city council
laughs behind your mother’s back
You don’t know that those genes
carry a fault that will quake you later
You don’t know that the stick of dynamite
between your legs will one day go off
in the wrong place
at the wrong time.
Listen up, kid.
This avalanche warning
ain’t for the mountain next door.
And who am I
to tell it so?
Just call me The Snow Man.
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Mark Sebastian Jordan has been an active presence on the Ohio arts scene for thirty years as an actor, director, playwright, and improv comedian. His Mansfield Trilogy of historical dramas was featured in sell-out performances for a decade at Malabar Farm State Park. As a living history performer, Jordan has portrayed Orson Welles, George Frideric Handel, Dan De Quille, and Clement Vallandigham. He has also been featured in television programs such as Ghost Hunters, My Ghost Story, and House of the Unknown, and appeared as an extra in the classic film The Shawshank Redemption.
Jordan is also a poet with numerous publication credits. He was awarded 2nd place in the 2013 Jesse Stuart Memorial Award by the National Association of State Poetry Societies, and has also received awards from the Ohio Poetry Association, the Ohio Arts Council, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, The Associated Press, The Rupp Foundation, The Ohio Theater Alliance, the Ohio Community Theatre Association, the Ohio Eta Chapter of the Theta Alpha Phi drama honor fraternity, and the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jordan has worked as a freelance journalist for publications all over Ohio as well as ones based in New York City and London, England. He currently reviews concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra for Seen & Heard International.
He lives at Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas, where he runs the Hostelling International hostel, which provides affordable accomodations to travelers of all ages.