photo by mauricio alejandro ramos
Phillip Larrea is the author of We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press). Since 2012, his poems have appeared in over 60 journals, anthologies and magazines in the U.S., Ireland, Canada and Asia. He is the winner of the 2013 New Frontier Prize for poetry, and has been nominated twice for the 2014 Pushcart Prize.
Hemingway's Lost Note Nearly Found
but it is damned depressing
to have already done one's best.
I have always intended to die
in an accident of my choosing
Doctors gave me another five years without drinking.
I returned that present unopened since
one cannot possibly be reasonably abstemious
in a throng of solid, sober, soda-sucking citizens
so I feel I must destroy myself
before God succeeds in defeating me.
No blood as I tap these keys
tell them clean keys were the death of me.
Children, I am going to stop talking now.
This is no excuse for you to stop listening - Papa