Seeking: the one person or few people, because they’re a dying breed,
who don’t need to fit in.
who eschew being the voluntary foie gras
of the media, the markets, the masses,
those desperate for dumbed down daily doses
of news fodder, like snacks, to ease the hunger
of real knowledge- frightening, unappetizing, titillating and dirty
though it may be.
Candidates should love books and history,
coffee from an actual mug,
engaging in conversation that has nothing to do with reality TV,
art of all kinds,
and will probably still be trying to figure out the meaning of it all.
Please no active social media owners,
competitive parents, whiners/complainers/victims,
unimaginative, apathetic citizens,
or the passionless automatons who strive only
to match the Jones’s debt.
Please respond if you are not looking for an escape,
but a friend, to enjoy rambling discourse
about how the good old days were better, but this present
parking lot of existence is cracked,
and flowers fight like champions
to thrive. As we must.
You can find me: in the actual library, in central park,
walking the exhibits at the art museum
like a reunion with dear, old friends. I can be found
roller skating with my favorite eleven year old,
or attempting the Times crossword puzzle,
on my fourth cup of coffee, Sunday all day.
On rare occasions, I shop for more records, volunteer,
chat with old people and children,
sit, trancelike, in a jazz club of my dreams,
wear unironic silly glasses, or read during a party,
after having grown tired of the smalltalk.
You should: love those corduroy blazers with the patches on the elbows,
have a grasp of the obvious mistakes human kind keeps making
despite the clear patterns toward ultimate destruction,
be fueled with optimism that all we need is love and music
and passion and understanding to overcome those mistakes,
scorn popular music (of all genres),
probably have a cat or dog for those languid mornings spent alone thinking,
and be curious about how you don’t feel counter-cultural, but cannot stomach cultural norms.
Please send all replies via paper and pen.