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Revisiting My American Garage Years Later

I can't seem to stop writing poetry or reading poetry. I think it is safe to say I love poetry and I love sharing great poetry with others.


For those looking for a metrical repeat of the original I apologize. Everything is so rushed. Ginsberg is almost gone from our recent memory and Ferlinghetti has reached golden age. So these words must be short, sweet and prepared to be read as a quick note. This poem is written to be read while running out of the garage to make an appointment on time. Just a quick reminder.

Hey Lawrence! Are you hanging out with Ginsberg in my garage this early Saturday afternoon with ice tea.

The boxes are now filled with holiday detritus, removed closet doors, and a few milk crate poems.

Our bikes are broken and lean in a row with skateboards missing wheels. Cross Country skis and old downhill ski sets.

The books of our lives have moved safely indoors or donated to readers in need of a read.

Easels are covered with layers of paint, acrylics, oils, and spray. Tossed down to the ground yet still in a tripod.

This American family garage has thinned out, moved indoors, kept ready for quick retreat.

Lawrence we welcome you. Ginsberg, a return visit, sorry, all the oddity has gone.

Pawned for a roof and some food.


Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 04, 2019:

Ah, right on, good to know.

Jhamann on May 04, 2019:

Yes....it is kind of a response to and a continuation of the original

poem “An American Garage” in “the Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class.” I sound promotional but I think it is only in the book.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 04, 2019:

Hi Jamie, I was wondering if your title refers to an earlier 'American Garage' poem you have written? I seem to remember reading one.

Shing Araya from Cebu, Philippines on April 21, 2019:

You are welcome

Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 20, 2019:

Thank you Sunshine. Jamie

Shing Araya from Cebu, Philippines on April 20, 2019:

I adore your choice of words. Thank you for sharing.

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