Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 07/08/20


After the self ripped
away from the side
of the container

“…the pain of water is infinite.”
Gaston Bachelard

two urinals
too tall
for my aging self

hanging between

which urinal
Goldilocks’ toupee

at the urinal
in a half-empty bathroom
checking his smartphone

is his grunting
at the middle urinal
part of a conversation?

lime green Splash Hogs
in the Airport Restroom urinals
saving the memories

guys, c’mon, should we
double the diameter
of the urinals?

He is not tall
But he spreads his legs wide
On tippy toes
At the narrow urinal oval

the most favored urinal
the one with the most paint worn
away underneath

tried both urinals
oh, Goldilocks
my height in between

oh museum installation
you have neglected
the lower urinal
and the stalls are locked

jury duty
even the urinals
are numbered

©2020 Alan Bern All rights reserved.


Retired children’s librarian Alan Bern’s poetry books: No no the saddest and Waterwalking in Berkeley, Fithian Press; greater distance, Lines & Faces, his broadside press with artist Robert Woods, Alan has had poems, stories, and photos published in a wide variety of online and print publications, from which his work has won awards and been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Alan performs with dancer/choreographer Lucinda Weaver as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space and with musicians from Composing Together,

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