XIII: Poetry by D.G. Geis & Collage by Greg Hanson



You finally made it.

Think of all the hard work
that got you here,

your dedication, determination
and ability.

The stamina.
Your smarts.

Every door opened for you.
You made the most of every opportunity.

You took the bull by the horns.
You kissed the gift horse on the mouth.

Fortune gave you a lap dance.
Life rubbed you the right way.

It’s the best life plausible.
There will never be another like it.

You never lost focus.
You let the prize keep your eyes.

When you wanted something, you took it.
You were the plan with a man.

You had the best seat at the table.
Even clichés bowed down before you.

You’ve had a good run.
The world is yours.

Sorry for your loss.


D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared in 491 Magazine, Blinders, Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Crosswinds, Lost Coast, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Scarlet Leaf, and Sweet Tree. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is a recipient of the Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest.

Greg Hanson resides in Portland, OR. He has served as an online guest instructor to high school students in Hawthorne, NJ, inspiring interest in the work of acclaimed artist, Joseph Cornell, and providing practical how-to knowledge in the art of assemblage and collage. To receive your own online art instructions from Greg, please be sure to give his YouTube a visit. And, be sure to also enjoy more of his ever-growing body of work at Greg’s Mixed Media Gallery.


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