by Jack Buck
pie in the sky While at the dog park Somehow politics Balloon lifting me away in the air You can’t ever escape politics Step in a big pile of Politics Sports talk but steered back to Politics Egg smashed on top of the head Political joke House TPed 300 nights in a row That’s just karma Just about to fall asleep then Doomscroll politics Coffee in the morning it’s a new day Hello politics Work break lounge seeking respite Please for the love of not right now politics Go on vacation enjoying a pina colada in the sun Easy-breezy politics Swimming in the pool Hey dude what’s up let’s talk politics How long can you hold your breath underwater Avoiding politics Steak dinner for your birthday State of affairs politics Have too much to drink Sloshed politics Regret what you said last night about Politics Ding dong ditched for the third time this week Again that’s just karma Catching up with friends Will eventually steer to politics Ice cream and melting face Summer heat Put a whoopie cushion under their chair Classic prank Never making enough money Take a look around you Voicing opinion on the events of the hour You’ve said too much politics Open email Didn’t ask for politics Big wide gaping pothole in the middle of the road Call up your local politics Where to send kids to school Shouldn’t be but is politics Get together dinners I respectfully disagree politics Can we change the subject please Politics I want to share something with you Oversharing of politics What’s the deal with Hey have you heard Don’t tell me you’re a The worst kind of politics Keep a straight face Nonjudgmental politics Have no opinion Don’t ever disagree otherwise Political animosity Don’t you agree I’m right you’re wrong Old as day politics Get loud get angry Internet politics Scream in their face Extremely unchill politics Ear of corn going up 65 cents overnight Commodity politics No one asked you but what do you have to say Supply and demand Policing art The control of politics Creating art Very good politics Lower prices easy convenience Turn the other way Complaining more Writing a poem Sometimes politics sometimes the opposite of Politics Instead of challenging ourselves we wish to confirm Our politics The healthy debate of competing ideas Ideal politics Water, religion, citizenship Class, status, health, environment, law Race, identity, land, history Record soaring profits Rent 3-4K Homes a smooth million Social cohesion and societal stability Getting dunked on from the free-throw line Getting dunked on 360 between the legs style Getting posterized on the jumbotron replayed over Giving up a bases-loaded walk-off grand slam Chess checkmate after only four moves Getting lapped over and over 49-7 at halftime during a rivalry game Saw that coming politics Subject to judgment They can afford it More to the point politics Blame it on the workers $10 to $15 Politics etc etc etc etc Etc etc etc etc Etc etc etc Flush in the sun Looking up and out at the sky Just thinking about A better today and tomorrow sleeping at a Kansas rest stop 1. The saying is easy everyone has heard it, some have lived it. The decision of one or the other isn’t of superiority whatsoever. Some people have miserable childhoods and get far, far away. Some go wherever there is from sheer delusions, others commonplace misconceptions, pure romantic hope, chance, foolishness, no real rhyme or reason, an anticipatory lover, with a friend, sense of adventure, faith in it all working out one way or another, a combativeness to boredom, conflict and stress, an exhale of light rising over the ridge always showing up despite of 2. A Western Dream. A Dream. A potentiality from the unknown had already seized my imagination. Entering the unified field can’t lose. Ring ring ring goes the bell. 3. Lots of options in life if you stuff it all in a backpack and the remaining in two grocery bags. If you’re naive and set on going for it despite common precautions. I have 600 dollars to my name. It’s all in my pocket, withdrawn in full earlier that afternoon, for good measure I leave $1.01 in the bank so they don’t void the account. A combined $601.01 let’s go to Denver. The car is idling out front. Your friend is waiting. Mountains so bright you have to close your eyes from the 2am dance club neon light. Life can be a party sometimes. 4. Hot and hazy. Rush of intensification. One not does not have to gamble their psyche away with mouthfuls of psychedelics to expand the mind just get outta town for a while and keep on driving until you see holy visions. 5. The rich and poor go see places while the middle class is too busy working to get by to ever have more than a day or two to themselves. My father is driving home from work on his lunch break across town on his unpaid lunch break to say goodbye and slip me a couple of twenties. $60 more bucks, this will cover my half of gas for us to get to Omaha. The halfway point where the sunsets will destroy your understanding of Nebraska. 6. Mountains behind your back heading home across the country that is bigger than you ever imagined. Remembering the morning arriving in Colorado after a 23-hour straight drive. Cup of coffee warmed on the stove gone cold no matter. All the anticipation not putting you to sleep until the day after tomorrow. The mountains expanse directly meets your gaze. Life-altering mind trick hauling yourself to a new place long ways tossing away your past self and keeping only the good. Abracadabra now you see me now you don’t. 7. Expect some of it to fall apart. Consider a trainwreck. Envision the grandness of life enlarging your soul’s capacity. Could be an irrational impulsive response to wanting to leave or could be one of the better decisions of your life. One way or another the mere thought threads out its trajectory. Towards mountains across. You are not the first or the millionth person to do it, this isn’t novel. Usually I would call myself out here by picking holes in the plot of the missed characterization, overrun angelic poetics, tiresome scene, however, this is serious stuff here. We are talking on the topic of life. One’s life after all. Thrown backwards at first in order to move forward. 8. What else why not go for it. These types of motivational banners are hung up over break room water coolers. You read a book or hear a song or heard of so and so has gone wandering out through an open door. No debating at that point. No parking or waiting zone. Just don’t leave in the middle of the night unless you absolutely have to. Say goodbye see you later to momma and poppa brother and sister. Farewell and hello all at once. Everybody’s waving. Mom is now out in the middle of the street for as long as possible. Hold your breath while counting how many houses you live from the corner, before turning left and receding. The street ends here. Beyond this lies the last 12 years of my life. Leaning forward. Fragments emerged in and out shifting memory, landscapes in continuous forms. Going going as quick as memory parallel to speed+distance+open window. Some things are never forgotten.
Jack C. Buck is the author of the books Deer Michigan and Gathering View. He lives in Idaho. For more of his writing, visit http://www.jackcbuck.com