the inspiring occiput

Poem 1.
by Joseph Altamore

[Poem About the Back of the Man’s Head in Front of Me on the Train from Chicago to Harvard]

I know it may seem
absurd
but he truly had a
most intriguing
cranium

the
dark buzzed head
hung lazily
and bounced
in time with the
clacking of the tracks
like a sleeping pendulum

a typhoon of a
cowlick
raged at its very center
and prevailed
down the nape
and conjured images of
third grade
when
mrs. thompson
projected illustrations
of
jupiter’s infamous
storm
upon the painted
cinder block
walls
of an uncouth
classroom

farther west
a motley scar shined
brightly
in the shape of
hawaii

perhaps
the man had fought
in a
bar or two

this reminded me of my
father
the reigning
heavyweight champion
of belligerent
barroom
antics

and
I swear on my life
the wrinkles resembled
the mississippi
intersecting
with the ohio
and

the ears!
great ears!
oh how they bared semblance to
the flags
of the iranian revolution
defiantly tearing
through
the dirty sky

it was then that I
said to
me
“I had better write this down.”
and
two weeks of
writers block
dissolved into thin air

thank you
man with
the inspiring occiput

this
one’s
for you

—–

Joseph Altamore is an emerging poet from Rockford, IL. His work is usually prose style poetry. He has been writing for four years but only very recently decided to submit his work for publishing. So far, he has been published in an online publication named Dead Snakes.

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hrholt1986

I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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