Popcorn sandals

By TropicalSnowstorm

I wish I were on a beach at midnight
with nothing on my mind
but barracuda and yogurt sauce.
My evenings spent with pirated movies
watched with strangers in the back of a beach bar.
Eating popcorn out of my sandals like Jerry Garcia
and priming to hit on a 19 year old stoned on mushrooms
and just a few steps from the edge.

I wish I had a vacation girlfriend
with a common name
but a unique spelling like “Stefanyi” or “Cyndi”.
My days spent testing the theory that a black hole
will eventually evaporate if filled with enough matter.
Delightful disillusion of overt connection
to the other human debris floating in the space
where life sank beneath the waves.

I wish I lived in a new place
so I could walk alone
but still feel the hope of exploration.
Weeks spent with every untried turn
becoming an adventure into the unfamiliar.
Beloved self deception that witticisms like
“Home is where the heart is” might imply mine
can be found alive and well elsewhere.

-- by Steve McKennon, 1/31/06

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© 2006 TropicalSnowstorm
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • peoasp On Friday, April 13, 2012, peoasp (9)By person wrote:

    It starts out light, then waxes philosophical, with a very subtle change. Wow.

  • DarkDruidess On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, DarkDruidess (361)By person wrote:

    I always enjoy reading you...Never fails to put a smile on my face.

  • carlosjackal On Saturday, May 2, 2009, carlosjackal (2162)By person wrote:

    A true heart-stealer :) -Carl

  • A former member wrote: Unique. Love the fantasy and the way the poem just breezed the reader through it.

  • Dancing_Monkey On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, Dancing_Monkey (1300)By person wrote:

    Oh god, you are going to love tropical dude. He's amazing

  • A former member wrote: the honesty of isolation...such a lovely blot of soul ink.

  • jack paper On Tuesday, February 6, 2007, jack paper (129)By person wrote:

    the words, the images, the way it's all stated... I wish... I wish i could be you so I could write so well... very nice

  • Mylissa On Friday, February 2, 2007, Mylissa (889)By person wrote:

    The title is perfect.

  • liquid_emotion On Friday, January 19, 2007, liquid_emotion (356)By person wrote:

    I loved this.

  • CharlottesWeb On Tuesday, December 5, 2006, CharlottesWeb (521)By person wrote:

    At the first stanza I was injected with happy feelings, hopeful thoughts...and well being. 2nd stanza...it was all gone...and the realistic perception of loneliness was clear.

  • CharlottesWeb On Tuesday, December 5, 2006, CharlottesWeb (521)By person wrote:

    The third stanza recreated some hope...but a in a sadder, less enthusiastic style...I think I love this. I really do.

  • Jonas On Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Jonas (768)By person wrote:

    i find that all i can really say to you is that i was here i read this and was moved enough to tell you so... beautiful lonesome piece.

  • sixsixnine On Monday, July 24, 2006, sixsixnine (489)By person wrote:


  • sixsixnine On Monday, July 24, 2006, sixsixnine (489)By person wrote:

    yes that means i loved it! *669*

  • A former member wrote: "I wish I lived in a new place so I could walk alone but still feel the hope of exploration. " I've never been able to describe this feeling before. Very nicely put...dramatic, but not overtly so. C_W_E

  • Chalin On Saturday, July 8, 2006, Chalin (14)By person wrote:

    My Darling Snow, Goddess knows you've had more than a few comments on this, but I thought I'd drop you a note to tell you this is marvelous and EXACTLY what i'm feeling as of late...thanks for the note;you know you always lure me out of my cave.

  • A former member wrote: "I wish I lived in a new place so I could walk alone but still feel the hope of exploration." Damn the whole last stanza in general. You are amazing and your works are always greatly anticipated.

  • Equinox Asylum On Thursday, April 13, 2006, Equinox Asylum (140)By person wrote:

    Exceptional write. I love this.

  • Dissolving Poet On Tuesday, April 4, 2006, Dissolving Poet (617)By person wrote:

    Wow this poem just floored you and made you read it. It dragged you to visions that were simply beautiful. I loved this poem it was beyond beauty.

  • flying_fox On Thursday, March 30, 2006, flying_fox (597)By person wrote:

    I am floored by this. you have such flair for mixing simple - and often unspoken - with absolute depth and clarity. Ahhh.. I wish I wish I wish. How I love your mind, TS.

  • A former member wrote: huh..... wow...... you have a very creative imagination

  • GothicBlack On Saturday, February 18, 2006, GothicBlack (199)By person wrote:

    this is wonderful.. i think i lost myself in your imagination. i loved it. sorry i cant say much more.... ~gothic~

  • A former member wrote: Thanks for the trip to a divergent, imaginative reality.

  • NikesRain On Friday, February 3, 2006, NikesRain (1340)By person wrote:

    easy and floating, the quiet reverie feel so calm yet there was such a subtle ache and longing whisped through it i was teary by the end...

  • Crimson Shade On Friday, February 3, 2006, Crimson Shade (99)By person wrote:

    A peaceful write - calmed me down and slowed the rat race for a while... good write.

  • Alanarchy On Thursday, February 2, 2006, Alanarchy (1137)By person wrote:

    I love this man. Reminds me of my trips to Tampa, flicking cigarette butts at fiddler crabs and drinking Jose through a straw. Peace and love for a great poem. shalome.

  • Lucklost On Thursday, February 2, 2006, Lucklost (30)By person wrote:

    this poem is very soothing adn peaceful...i like it. its different.

  • A poet of madness On Thursday, February 2, 2006, A poet of madness (132)By person wrote:

    hmmm... i like the flow. i'm not sure i understand it all right now, but i think i get the drift of it. if i do, i can relate in some ways.

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