January 14, 2010

dallas clayton

When you want to talk to a stranger
but you’re scared of feeling like a failure
you should just picture them as a grocery store clerk.
You have no problem talking to them
about totally useless mundane nothing
and you don’t consider it a failure
or even give it a second thought.

If you are a grocery store clerk
the same exercise hold’s true,
just exchange the word “clerk”
for “customer.”


I’m going to go next door and borrow a cup of sugar.
I don’t need a cup of sugar
I just need to know that still happens
because once it stops
we’re lost.

I really like both of these thoughtful poems by Dallas Clayton.
(I learned about him here)

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