Poem by Michael La Bombarda

"Sogno di Roma" © Roger Leege

 

Northwest

When I listen to Debussy,
I know you are too delicate
For a thick-fingered clumsy oaf
Like myself. I didn’t become
A lumberjack because I liked
Classical music. No, when I
First became a lumberjack
I listened to Led Zeppelin
And other heavy metal bands,
But cutting down trees does
Something to a man.
I won’t take a contract
To cut down a tree unless
I know two others are going
To be planted for the one cut.
I’m like that with women too.
I won’t go out with one,
Unless I’m going out with another.
I don’t want you to find this out,
So I’ll break up with you
To prevent this from happening.
Maybe I’m too delicate
To two-time you, so I’ll change
My mind and break up
With the other woman.
You like lace;
She likes rattlers.
I like dresses;
She likes spurs.
As the old axiom goes
That I’ve coined for this occasion:
I’ll wear the pants, and you wear
The dresses, and together we’ll make
Ourselves a fine inseparable couple.
Move over Romeo and Juliet.
Buck and Heather are here.

 

"Sogno di Roma" © Roger Leege
“Sogno di Roma” © Roger Leege

 

Michael La Bombarda: “I’m a poet who is interested in languages and study a bunch
of them. I also write fiction and drama. I aspire to be as famous as a toaster.”

Roger Leege started out as a painter, printmaker and analog photographer, earning BA and MA degrees in Visual Arts from Goddard College. During postgrad university study in computer science, he was an early adopter and evangelist for digital art and artists’ tools. With gallery, print, and online publishing credits in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, he especially enjoys working with writers and the “literate” press.