23 One-Liners

Sex Thoughts

Season the entire day 

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Laundry

Tells you what you’d done

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Brick Layers

Not working on a glass house

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Arctic

I like to follow the cold

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The Dove

All summer I thought her call an owl with insomnia

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Distant Thunder

Wonder what’s next

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Florida Winter

Snow in movies, storefronts, weather jokes, retiree arthritis

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Walking

Like driving, mainly for the thoughts I have

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Moose

Aggressively unlike childhood cartoon memories

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Swimming

More than relaxing, I think of drowning

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Broken Heart

Like being run over by a motorcycle in the desert, you think you are the only one

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Recipe Book

Minimal refrigerator groceries, hate instructions

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Sad Story

The last piece of toilet paper in the world

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Cemeteries

As much about travel as anything 

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Elvis

As of us, at some point, dead longer than alive

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Summer Bed

The sheets can stay cool on a summer bed

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Dog on a Leash

The leash is visible

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The River

The river is always on top of itself 

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Road Signs

Nothing to do with the travel

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Sleeping Beauty

Maybe she prefers her dream world best

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Waking Up

Lasts until bedtime, sometimes an entire life

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Bathroom Action Poem

Fill in blank

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Strange Bedfellows

Never quote limericks during prayer



Mike James makes his home outside Nashville, Tennessee and has published widely. His many poetry collections include: Journeyman’s Suitcase (Luchador), Jumping Drawbridges in Technicolor (Blue Horse), and Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog.) He currently serves as an associate editor of Unbroken.

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