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week of September 19-25, 2011

Daniel J. Fitzgerald and John Oliver Mason

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Daniel J. Fitzgerald


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I started writing a number of years ago. When I discovered I could not write in complete sentences, I started writing poetry.I live in a Pontiac, Illinois 61764 which is, believe it or not, thirty-five miles from Normal (Illinois). I worked for a long time in the prepress print industry but technology has taken those jobs away. I am currently employed in the meat and bakery departments of our local grocer. I am hoping that they will open a candle department to further my career. Some of the magazines and journals I have been published in are Poetalk, Nomads Choir, Writers’ Journal, and TheAdvocate.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Daniel J. Fitzgerald and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Christmas Yard Ornament in July

Silent reindeer, staring stoically
with your unmoving garden eyes.
What a static vision you must have
of the distant world,
watching from the same spot.
No wonder you stand so placidly,
not even noticing your season has passed.

Coffee Lady

Hey, coffee lady,
remember me?
I was here last week
and the week before.
I remember you­-
blue-grey eyes
pulled back hair, reddish,
probably added in,
but it looks good on you.

You remind me of an actress in
one of my favorite movies.
I can’t remember which movie it was,
but you were really good.

I wanted to say I love
the sound of your laugh,
the wave of your water rough hands,
the not so perfect, perfect smile.

I wanted to say all those things,
but said
to go,
if I stayed to drink it there
I would tell you all those things.
Then I would be afraid of what
you would say when
I finally paid,
leaving my heart for a tip.

John Oliver Mason

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I graduated from Temple University in 1984, with a Bachelor’s degree in History. My poems have been published in The Angry Poet, Poet’s Page, Philadelphia Tribune, Poet’s Attic, Jewish Frontier, ECT!, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the anthologies Meridian Bound, Poetry Ink 2005, Poetry Ink: The Tenth Anniversary Anthology, Poetry Ink 2009, and Poetry Ink 2010. My poem, “Heaven Down There,” won an Honorable Mention in Tit-Elation.com. My poem “The Image of God,” won an Honorable Mention in the 75th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. I have been included in the Who’s Who in America and the Who’s Who in the World. www.masonmissile.blogspot.com

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by John Oliver Mason and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Bathroom Boogie, a poem

I come out of the bathroom
It’s big enough for one
to do whatever
Two people
of whatever sex you choose
go in
and they come out again
of the bathroom
for one

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