Friday, January 17, 2014


One Reason I Smile

My mom told me she pulled Ella (her granddaughter)
on the sled today
and when I got home
I noticed the tracks in the snow all throughout the backyard

(January 11, 2014)

There's too much death
I think to myself, with sadness
but not anymore than life
I think, as reassurance.

(January 13, 2014)

I feel like every falling leaf in the autumn
is like a note from god
reminding us of the beauty of life
but also
that everything must end
so that the cycle can continue

(Jan 6, 2014)

A Picture Is Worth No More Words

I was reading a new poet

The first book had me thinking
he was decent,
he might have a chance.

I figured I might have found another interesting writer.

Then, I got a 2nd book of his at the library.

I turned to the back page biography
and there was a picture of him
holding his glasses slanted
with one of the arms positioned
into the corner of his mouth
and at that time
I realized
this douchebag
was not worth reading

[Billy Collins]

(Jan. 11, 2014)

Take Your Microwave To Heaven


You'd be a fool to think I'm not gonna make my dreams come true.

Wasted ink on a sports game write up.

I tried to open an umbrella indoors, but I opened an umbrella indoors years earlier, so it didn't open.

When the children grow up in cities, you're left with a culture full of adults who don't know how to do much themselves.

I see the smoke from the chimney in the moonlight.

This is a culture where people feel the need for automatic car starters.

You can't use knowledge after death, but you can share it, and that's why I'll never stop learning.

My least favorite number is 232,431.  That's not actually true, I just said it once.

I like to look at the stars and think about life.

The jagged dirt roads running almost invisibly through the mountains somehow became highways.

An hour driving back after you've been gone 10 days is a lot different than an hour in the backyard chopping wood.

I met a Spanish kid named Rob, which didn't seem to reflect his culture.  But then I learned his middle name is People, and it made sense.

If I was high, the rain on the roof would be singing me a melody.

It's no wonder highways can be adopted.  Of course their parents aren't in their lives; they're black.

We've sacrificed so much in an attempt at convenience.

Respect your elders...but not if they're a total dumbass.

Haven't you heard the meek will inherit?  I think that's true.

To me, a handshake simply means you don't want to hug.

In this culture, a serial killer is just another thing.  Really think about that.  A serial killer is normal, not even a big deal anymore.

He doesn't hate everything.  He loves hating.

Take your microwave to heaven.

Rules to live by:  Never show up late for a circle jerk.

9 out of 10 times people should leave each other alone.  Only 1 out of 10 do they.

Are you a Democrat?  Are you a Republican?  No, I'm John Pitroff.

Thanks for reading.

Enough

There is something amazingly daunting
about the winter night
-11 degrees, early January, 2:30 am.

Looking up at the sky
it makes me believe
there is something more than this-
but why must there be?

The mystery is enough
to bring such a feeling
to my heart.

(Jan 4, 2014)

Hidden

Sitting here in the morning
with my three cats,
fire going,
woodstove cooking my toast,
just ate an apple

It's almost too simple
to understand.

It's almost too magnificent
to be seen-
hidden by the simplicity

(late Dec, 2013)
What Needs To Be Said

I wish you would treat yourself better.

I feel partially responsible.

I wasn't always as nice, good as I should have been.

I feel sadness
knowing it's my fault.

I wish you would treat yourself better-
irrelevant of how I treated you.

I should have taken it out on me
instead
I took it out on you.

You didn't deserve that.

It's my fault.

It was me, not you.

I hope you can move on
and live in such a way
that doesn't reflect how I somewhat made you.

I know it's nearly impossible
but know
I am truly sorry.

(Fri, December 27th 2013)

Slight Sympathy

It's sad you don't know how to treat people better.

I think deep down you do.

You want to be loved so much.

I can see it in your outstretched arms as you reach for a hug.

You want to belong
but in many ways you don't.

I'm sorry for you
sometimes.

(December 19, 2013)

A World

I'm eating an apple.
At the end is a core; negativity.

But listen
at that end is a seed; a beginning.

(December 19th 2013)