Ben Gulyas Cleveland, OH

In the orphan twilight…
footsteps walk with low beats in the dirt…
somewhere over us all is this river mist…
the boat docks clang in the dark,
bells of fog memory come loose,
lives walking in lost shoes,
a bottle of retsina slips from a stained hand,
shaped like a crow’s wing…
miles of tangled tales and chest treasures of the human roar…
food for blues…
buckwheat and egg fat,
pulled groin, instant coffee and navy beans…
and here comes ungendered red, who can’t keep a single bone straight in his body,
baring witness to the unfit and the ever-unyielding shell game…
a lifetime here, a theatre hall there,
3-penny ballads of tropic isles and coal towns
pulling down the mountain
where the gamble is the perfect blues
by which to hang your heart out on the line,
washed in steamed hops, corn-apple & rye… making a fine wardrobe
for walkin the tracks
in between cultures and histories…
bus stop gardens and yesterday’s mail delivered in torn pants…
down the rails churn the skarchangling-pummeling sounds of
train tonnage heaving past
just a wing beat away from tug boat femurs of the depot…
a coffee jaw at the diner, a bent eye on the hot wire…
diesel horn, sparrow throat,
pound that pavement and fly!…
pound that pavement and fly!…

Ben Gulyas is a poet bartender and librarian in Cleveland, OH. Friday nights he performs his Money for the Band routine, improvising poetry for a ten minute set between acts, before passing a hat for the musicians who play at the Barking Spider Tavern in the campus of Case Western Reserve University. He was short listed as the Best Performing Poet in the Network of Schemers and Dreamers three times between the years 1987-1993. He once climbed out his window and scaled a tall tree to get at a branch and shake off a catbird who wouldn’t let him sleep.
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