Two poems by Ivan Jenson

I am proud to have been included back in August on the pages of The Blue Hour Magazine, along with friends like Jeremy Nathan Marks. Here is some Sunday free verse for you from the pages of the Blue Hour. The poet Ivan Jenson is one new to me, and I’m happy to find his work! The music of the lines, the internal rhymes and the play with words reminds me of Peter Meinke.

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The Blue Hour

Play it Safe

try to avoid
situations
and people
and stay away
from anything that
smacks of everything
and steer clear
of here
and by all means
don’t go there
try to keep an arm’s-length
away from hand-outs
buy-outs or shout-outs
and don’t take anything
personally that is actually
meant to be universal
or rhetorical
because historically speaking
those who avoid drama
and danger might
never be remembered
for their bravery
but they also didn’t
get beheaded or slain
and as you go
the mundane way
take comfort
in the knowledge
that you will be
remembered by a
smattering few
for your mild-mannered
monotony
but treasured by
medical students
for your donation
of organs and anatomy

Laying Down the Law

search me
I like being frisked
by the likes of you
discover me like
an ancient artifact
or a budding ingenue
I love being unearthed
or revealed like the pulp

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