Reform School Poet


My dreams show me a motley cast of characters—including some very unsavory types.

Working with such dreams is my way of sending them to reform school.


In a dream last night
I opened a broom closet
and a body fell out—

thus, another mystery
shadows my day—every day
I wake up to discover
someone else here
in this room…

so I hesitate
to invite you in—
where would you sit—?—
too much quiet commotion
for you to feel comfortable
in this house of solitude—

I may seem ordinary enough
but my cast of characters
includes both mountebanks and monks
and some of the monks
can sometimes be mountebanks
and the mountebanks,

dealing with this menagerie
has taught me tolerance.

But knowing the difficulty
of that lesson
how can I possibly
ask you
to be so tolerant of me…?

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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