Strychnine Summer

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Strychnine Summer

An oldie but a goodie…I always remember this poem this time of year.

Impending Summer causes

State dependent memories to invade my mind

Nostalgia triggered by a combination

Of the sun, STP’s “Creep”, and the linger of the sugar factory

Drifting around curves in a maroon ford tempo

Kisha hitting puddles, then American Beauty

Things that I had forgotten

like his brother’s birthday

Left like residual strychnine on my spine

Chlorine, boys and cigarettes

Morrison Hotel and the cliffs

Sheepherder bridge and you.

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About Jani

Jani grew up a gypsy anachronism, spending her early life taming her wanderlust. She clawed her way into the real world eventually obtaining two highly unpractical degrees, two children, six figure student loans and a sarcastic wit that is matched by few. She now lives in the Walterverse where she received her MSW at a ridiculously expensive University. Her future plans are to pay for the useless extra letters after her name as a super heroine. In the event that plan doesn't "work" out, she plans to return to her roots as vagabond gypsy busking in one way or another, after her children move out. HuZzah.

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