Rob Schackne #104

Six Unrelated Poems


She’s speaking English

very loudly at the next table

but now talking very softly

after she gets a look at me

seems they’re both architects

stealing as much skyline as they can

sometimes a writer’s like that too

when they get up to leave I say

goodbye she glares at what


Root canal therapy

between afternoon

& evening classes

a charming dentist

her gentle hand

the frequent rinses

it must be Spring


Seneca’s words on 

the perfect shortness of life

I cannot download


Special applause for

Sunset on guitar!

After Party on bass

Nightfall on the drums

Good Future on piano!

Weather Forecast on violin

Tomorrow’s Breakfast on bump!

The Bastard Orpheus who did

The runner with our money!

Your ears for working so hard

Thank you all for coming!


What can you do

to prevent dementia?

Get a humanoid robot

to answer simple questions.


Hey Tom, how are you?



“A beer?”

Yes. A glass of beer.

She can’t pronounce /r/

He confuses /l/ and /n/

No /th/ sound in their L1

Dis, dat, dem…dere dirty too

Walk into class and say, “How are you?”

She says, “How are you?”

I say, “No. How are you?”

She says, “No. How are you?”

I say, “I’m good thanks”

She says, “No. How are you?”

Come here. Go there.

No final consonant sound

They swallow every word

Mashed potatoes?


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