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Two poems by Ivan Jenson

Play it Safe

try to avoid
and people
and stay away
from anything that
smacks of everything
and steer clear
of here
and by all means
don’t go there
try to keep an arm’s-length
away from hand-outs
buy-outs or shout-outs
and don’t take anything
personally that is actually
meant to be universal
or rhetorical
because historically speaking
those who avoid drama
and danger might
never be remembered
for their bravery
but they also didn’t
get beheaded or slain
and as you go
the mundane way
take comfort
in the knowledge
that you will be
remembered by a
smattering few
for your mild-mannered
but treasured by
medical students
for your donation
of organs and anatomy


Laying Down the Law

search me
I like being frisked
by the likes of you
discover me like
an ancient artifact
or a budding ingenue
I love being unearthed
or revealed like the pulp
of a novel or an orange
second guess or
beg to differ with me
I love domestic disputes
that don’t end in
flying chairs
broken noses
or vases
show me you
are right and
that I am wrong
for accusing you
of not loving me
then put me in
my place
beside you,
my pretty prosecutor,
so that I can
rest my case

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 RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and HaloPoetry Super HighwayMad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, 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. Ivan Jenson’s debut book of poems, “Media Child and Other Poems” has now been published by Hen House Press, New York.


2 thoughts on “Two poems by Ivan Jenson

  1. Reblogged this on The Dad Poet and commented:
    I am proud to have been included in the pages of The Blue Hour Magazine, along with friends like Jeremy Nathan Marks. Here is some Sunday free verse for you from The pages of the Blue Hour. The poet is one new to me, and I’m happy to find his work! The music of the lines, the internal rhymes and the play with words reminds me of Peter Meinke.

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