American life, or: My ghost in the burbs

A shadorma

I'm rattled
by this serial;
how do I
cancel the
subscription? This rumble strip
scene's always on loop.

I pivot
the car, but Iโ€™m not
lost; Iโ€™m not
trying to
get my bearings; that was not
my ghost in the burbs.

I should know.
I was never there,
never where
my eyes see;
Iโ€™m merely dreaming up this
American life.

d’Verse poetics prompt: Are you listening?

This shadorma was written for this week’s poetics prompt at d’Verse. Participants are to select at least two of the following ten podcast titles and include them in a poem:

  • Articles of Interest: American Ivy
  • I Was Never There
  • Legacy of Speed
  • Not Lost
  • Pivot
  • Reveal: After Ayotzinapa
  • Rumble Strip
  • Serial
  • This American Life
  • Ghost in the Burbs

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

42 thoughts on “American life, or: My ghost in the burbs”

  1. Happy new year David. I enjoy this. I think weโ€™re all dreaming up this American life. These days it certainly is nothing like Iโ€™d thought it would be back in the 60โ€™s. Me, Iโ€™m disappointed. But I love my America, screwed up though it may be. But hey you gotta roll with what you get. Well written here my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚โœŒ๐Ÿผโฃ๏ธ

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