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What the Hey? by Ivan Jenson

For crying out loud
what do you get
but a neighbor
pounding on your thin walls
yelling, “for Christ’s sake
keep it down!”
and for speaking your mind
all you get is a therapist
saying, “thanks for sharing.”
For painting a masterpiece
at most they give you a spot
at the Louvre where
the security guard
tells tourists:
“No picture taking”
and for love making
all you get is
maybe a baby
who will think
the very music
to your ears
is out-dated
and so
living our life to
the fullest
is the empty
joke we play
on the
thankless oxygen
masked prank
of breathing life


2 thoughts on “What the Hey? by Ivan Jenson

  1. Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word Riot, Zygote in my Coffee, Camroc Press Review, Haggard and Halo, Poetry Super Highway, Mad Swirl, Underground Voices Magazine, Blazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson’s debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel, a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon. A collection of Ivan Jenson’s drawings and poetry will soon be published by Hen House Press, New York.

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