Backpacking For Shut-Ins by Thomas Fucaloro

I pack lightly and carry a big wit
is the only option being an introvert
who lacks basic skills of survival
like talking or connecting or finding
bonds through body, kind and spirit
but the imaginary hippopotamus with the violin
is banging out our tune and the only distance
in my voice is what song brings
I melody to myself an often
choir ready to carry a journey
from one side of the room
to another side of the room
the melody throws
voice into reason
I swallow

(Title-George Carlin)

Thomas Fucaloro
Thomas Fucaloro is an NYC poet. He has 2 books out by three rooms press, his latest one, “It Starts from the Belly and Blooms” has received rave reviews. He has graduated with an MFA at the New School for Creative Writing. He has been on 5 national slam teams. He is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone. He just recently won a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.



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