To Fool the Fools by Dan Abernathy

Standing in front of a chipped
and stained porcelain sink,
crumpled brown paper towels
scattered across the floor,
like wilted and discarded flowers,
with vibrant graffiti and gang tags
sprayed across the walls.
I stare into the dingy and cracked
blood splattered mirror
in an overused public restroom.
The heat of summer
turns the smoldering room temperature
and air
to putrid ammonia
and scorching mildewed stench.
I take a long deep look
into the person I see standing there.
I look like I understand,
but all I can see,
all I can know
is a lie.
A colossal fabrication
used to fool the fools.

Dan Abernathy
Welcome to the chaotic and often strange life of a Quasi, Clumsy Spiritual Warrior, Dan Abernathy. This Renaissance man is known as an outlaw poet, artist and purveyor of words, a junkyard philosopher, and a vagabond searching for a pure hedonistic meaning for his of life. His voice, be it in his words or in his art, is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in. “His poems are a bit like a well fingered bowl of mixed treats in a dark bar – filled with some salty Charles Bukowski, some chewy Hunter S. Thompson, and a little zap-a-hooty sweetness ala Dr. Seuss (tossed in just for the kiddies…er, ah, not that I’d recommend this one for any mother’s son.” – David Vaughan, an artist, writer from the Pacific Northwest coast. Abernathy makes available 98% of all his perspectives, be they fluid and random thoughts, or meandering and incomplete rants to the masses. They other 2% he keeps to himself, archived and a gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher. Abernathy has published two books of poetry, Looking For Security While Wearing a Loincloth and I Don’t Shave on Sundays. He is also the Editor/Publisher of The Contributor, a monthly newspaper of free speech, art, travel, the spoken word and other oddities that should be revealed.




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