Don’t give me those woof woof eyes…
that Dark & Stormy look at KGB bar
where sharks offer swimming lessons.
Don’t hurt yourself trying to be
like me (although it couldn’t hurt).
Don’t put lipstick on a ghost.
Never collide with a kaleidoscope
or have a cow if you get a bum steer.
Don’t “harbor a grudge.”
The water isn’t deep enough.
Don’t give up. Keep licking night
’til it shines like sweating jet.
I dreamed a green star rose high
on our left. Don’t hold your breadth.
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a New Romantic poet and author of 18 books of verse, including Blue Lyre and Party Everywhere. Recent poetry is in New American Writing, The Cafe Review, Stat-O-Rec, and Best American Poetry. A book of his art and poetry titled Doppelgängster is forthcoming. Wright publishes Live Mag!