Jim’s Poetry Corner

I was going to warn you that you may not find this blog post humorous, but I am sure that regular readers are used to that by now. I had planned to enter a poetry contest, but decided against it. Great story, right? The contest was sponsored by Rattle.com, and while I didn’t enter their contest, I did submit my poem to them for publication consideration. Pretty smart, huh? I can still be rejected while saving money in the process.

So that you, the reader, can feel like you’re part of the rejection process, I will share with you my poem below. It’s titled “I Did Not Win The Masters.” Now you can read it and pass judgement on it, too.

I Did Not Win The Masters

I wore a green jacket

Not because I won The Masters

Or was a tv game show host

But because I liked the color

It reminded me of nature

And the satin lining comforted me

I reached for it when the walls closed in

And then they would recede

I wore a green jacket

Not because it kept me warm

Or made me look cool

But because I liked the smell

It reminded me of mothballs

And the father who once wore it

Who I never really knew

But have always wondered about

I wore a green jacket

Not because it was stylish

Or had a natural feel

But because I liked the texture

It felt smooth like polyester

Although I think it was a blend

With natural fibers to provide a softness

That we all seek from life

I wore a green jacket

Not because everybody wore them

Or anyone expected me to wear one

But because I wanted to

It reminded me to feel

And to be whoever, whatever, wherever

I want to be

With or without my green jacket

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