Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A Lonely, Solitary Independence Day

At Sam Bond's Bar I was missing my nephew Tom's birthday party

while drinking double red Ninkasi Believers,

while listening to songs with drunk Josey and Valerie,

while watching traveling Michael on accordion and shells,

and doing the wave dance,

but nothing like the arm and torso dance we did with Maxine and Marta

before calling mom, Annette, who is

preparing to visit my Uncle Gerry in England, thus

ignoring my sad date, disadvantaged Randy,

and ignoring patriotic Katie's texts because

she's far too busy with Marion,

her elderly friend and apartment manager while my new friend Dave

ignored me about Ken's annual July 4th party.


All this happens before visiting new friends Shelly and Erik

at the Peer Club, a disability and mental health center

with Marsha and Sandra managing.

Nicole Taylor lives in Eugene, Oregon. She is an artist, a hiker, a poetry note taker, a sketcher, a volunteer and a dancer, formerly in Salem's DanceAbility group. Her poems have been accepted in Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, Cirque Journal; Clackamas Literary Review; Just Another Art Movement Journal - New Zealand, West Wind Review and others. You can read and listen to more of her poems at oregonpoeticvoices.org/poet/312/, a collection of Oregon poets with written and audio poetry available online through Lewis & Clark College in Portland.