Roadie Poet: The Joke


More takes my hands
All gentle.

I get ready.
Brace myself.
Know what’s coming.
I think.

“RP,” she says,
“I love us.
Love us being together.”


“That joke?
The one you and Hambone?”

Yeah, I know the joke.
Was a good one.
Had the whole crew howling.

I’m guessing,

“RP,” she says,
“It was vulgar.
Beneath you.
All that praise you got?
A waste of breath.”


I pull my hands away.
Try to jam them in
my back pockets.

There’s stuff in them.
A sharpie.
Random plastic wrappers.
A straw.
More garbage.
A candy bar that’s melted.
It’s squishy against

I know she’s right.
Knew it at the time.
But that didn’t stop me
from doing it.

Worst of all,
it may not stop me
next time.

Yep, some Three Word Wednesday, some Weekend Writer’s Retreat, and it’s a stretch, but maybe some reunion going on here, too (finger and candy bar, RP and More — in a sense), thanks to the Writer’s Island. You decide. And check out some other writers, too, if you’ve got the time.



  1. Weasel

    July 17, 2010 12:45 pm

    Wonderfully written! Reunions come in all forms, even if they are foreseen in the future. Great post!

    .-= Weasel´s last blog ..Solidity of Class =-.

  2. brenda w

    July 17, 2010 12:58 pm

    Ha! Living the unfortunate life of a blurter, I know the feeling. Great piece…I love the exploration of the pocket’s contents.

  3. RiikaInfinityy

    July 17, 2010 1:44 pm

    Cute and funny, totally love this poem, thank for sharing^^~

  4. ThomG

    July 17, 2010 2:32 pm

    This is a great poem, like a slice of real life, but in stanza form.

  5. Elizabeth

    July 17, 2010 3:09 pm

    Been there, done that: both voices at one time or another. Wonderful feel to this piece, can see faces, hear tones of voice, and feel the emotions. Strong sense imagery.

    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Shopping For Resurrection =-.

  6. Ann (bunnygirl)

    July 17, 2010 4:08 pm

    I so love Roadie Poet. Now that we’ve got Trevor, is an RP collection next?
    .-= Ann (bunnygirl)´s last blog ..Quiz- Which Dystopian Future Is Right For You =-.

  7. Jingle

    July 17, 2010 4:36 pm

    at times, we simply want to taste bitterness along with risks, after everything, no more regrets…

    very live and lovely story.
    .-= Jingle´s last blog ..To Stop Procrastination =-.

  8. Julia Smith

    July 17, 2010 8:20 pm

    This is great:

    ‘I pull my hands away.
    Try to jam them in
    my back pockets.

    There’s stuff in them.’

    Foiled again!
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Weekend Writers Retreat – 16 =-.

  9. Alice Audrey

    July 18, 2010 12:39 am

    Whooohooo Roadie!!!

    Now I want to hear the joke.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..Jill’s Latest Kick =-.

  10. Janet

    July 18, 2010 10:45 am

    I like this – emotional and real. And I love the pocket stuff – gives us a really great sense of who he is without going the ‘tell’ route.
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Sunday Salute – Volunteers =-.

  11. vivienne blake

    July 18, 2010 12:21 pm

    I like the pace of this, and I, too, want to hear the joke (vulgarity if often fun).

  12. Thomma Lyn

    July 18, 2010 6:54 pm

    Wonderful — I love RP. You do a great job of showing his feelings through well-chosen detail.
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Book Review- Maelstrom by Ann Pino =-.

  13. Thomma Lyn

    July 18, 2010 6:58 pm

    Wonderful, evocative. I love how you show RP’s feelings through carefully chosen detail.
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Book Review- Maelstrom by Ann Pino =-.

  14. Dee

    July 18, 2010 10:29 pm

    oh a blurter – ya been there too 🙂
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..July 18 =-.

  15. K

    July 19, 2010 12:51 pm

    Ouch is right!
    I liked this. It felt real.
    .-= K´s last blog ..H&ampT on Youtube! =-.

  16. K

    July 19, 2010 12:54 pm

    Ouch is right! I liked this a lot. It felt very real and in the moment.
    .-= K´s last blog ..H&ampT on Youtube! =-.

  17. Bobkat

    July 19, 2010 12:57 pm

    There is so much in that poem! I love RP : )
    .-= Bobkat´s last blog ..Long overdue update =-.

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