Two Poems by Chad Smith

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesdays with Bono

Park bench in San Rafael
Bono and I sit talking
A warm day
Comparing our knuckles
Both hairy like my grandfather's

He tells me he uses
One password for all his accounts
There are more important things
To think about
Than one hundred different passwords

You can't do that
I say
They could steal your identity

They can have it
Bono says
If someone like you can use
My name in a poem
Then I am stolen already

Someone like me?
I ask


Louie Calls an Audible
I don't want them to know that I am talking about them
Let's change our names
Call me Peter

Saying you fucking hate them is pretty drastic don't you think Peter?

Maybe I should take out the fucking

I am just so tired of everybody mumbling

Maybe they're not mumbling
Maybe your ears are mumbling
No longer able to hear it straight

He fell off the back of the picnic table
Slapped at his head
Hit his ear
Fell into some bushes
Smacked the tree

Faster than we had ever seen him move
Thought a yellow jacket had crawled into his ear

Funny how we think something is funny until it's not

He wasn't sure but he thought he heard her say
If you keep them waiting long enough
They won't care when they get to the end

I watched the movie as a kid
They tied them down and made crawdads like aliens
Crawl into their ears
Into their brains
Why do we do anything as kids?

He wanted to crawl into her pants
Maybe she had said she was tired of everything
She was kissing his ear
Tonguing his brain


Chad Smith is a poet/writer living with his family in Portland, Oregon. He often embarks on explorations in mouse clicking, video production, new-media dabbling, design, and illustration. His work has appeared in Red Fez, on the WordPlaySound podcast, and in other locations online. He once blogged at

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