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Neighborhood Watch
by
Ivan Jenson


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I didn't come here
to confront you
or to pledge
undying love
nor am I part
of an intervention
to save you
from yourself
and I am not
bearing gifts
or cash
to buy you out
of a deal
or to keep
your lips sealed
and I know
I came unannounced
not because a check
has bounced
or to be the bearer
of bad news
and I don't stand
before you
to promote
a candidate
or to get
a date
I am here
just to see
my reflection
in your eyes
to remind myself
that I am still
alive


© by Ivan Jenson.
Used with the authorís permission.



Ivan Jenson is an artist and writer who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A noted artist whose paintings and portraits are featured in many distinguished collections, he is also the author of several novels, and his poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals. Ivan enjoys writing at the library in East Grand Rapids, which he says has "a fantastic view of Reeds Lake." Ivan enjoys reading, Zumba, walking his dog, painting in his new abstract stye, and strong coffee.† Learn more about him at www.IvanJenson.com.


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TheSilverOne:
A beautiful poem.
Posted 09/30/2020 09:05 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Unique pandemic poem that shows more people are making human contact.
Posted 09/30/2020 12:45 PM
cork:
We find ourselves reaching out.
Posted 09/30/2020 08:56 AM
KevinArnold:
A remarkably innovative poem. After we?re inundated with iPhone poems, this may be the first iWatch poem, slim and in perfect shape. Such a love poem!
Posted 09/30/2020 08:54 AM
Larry Schug:
How true. Even my last physical was enjoyable because I was able to have some masked face to face conversation with a couple human beings. Now I look forward to a trip to the orthodontist-yikes! A nice rhythm to this poem.
Posted 09/30/2020 07:42 AM
bobbi43sml@aol.com:
Love it-have actually been guilty of showing up on people's porches lately just to get a real "NON SCREEN" face to look back at me and smile ..... mask and all!! You made my double espresso morning so much better today. Thanks.
Posted 09/30/2020 07:30 AM


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