The Taste by Dan Abernathy

Beauty is all around,
it is everywhere I look,
but I tire of looking into a false expance.
I enjoy the flaws and the scars
of broken down dreams
and fragmented false promises.

The numerous stumbling bumps
Into the catastrophes of life
that make people real
and give birth to vibrant thought.
I like people who drink cheap scotch,
with a splash of water.
Not for the taste,
but for the bite
and the way it makes them feel.

It is the numbing effect
that gives a reprieve
from the thoughts and feelings
they are hiding from.
I say all this because sometimes
I, too,
tire of drinking red wine
and want spiced rum,
on the rocks
with two twists of lime.
And please
do not hand me
a fucking straw.

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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