Odd Numbers

by wechslerh66

Why does the poet
always play “Take Five”
during readings
when it takes more than five?
Sometimes it even goes
up to 11.

If I ran this town,
“everyone else is doing it”
just wouldn’t cut it.
We would have to do it

We would have seven weeks off
every year
just to contemplate
this mess we’re in
or blow it all up
& make a new one.

If I ran this town,
all the speed limits would be 33 1/3
like a record, baby

(Why is the revolution like a record?
Because it’s groovy, man)

But records are obsolete
So is revolution
So is God
So are we
We can transcend at the dark end of the street
There’s time, but time fades away
Only poetry lingers