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My Town

All my life I’ve lived in a town
Where stop means go
And up means down,

Where happy means sad
And black means white,
Where good means bad
And wrong means right,

Where night means day
And yes means no,
Where work means play
And fast means slow,

Where yesterday means tomorrow
And midnight means noon,
Where give means borrow
And later means soon,

Where lost means found
And water means ice,
Where square means round
And mean means nice.

So, if you ever visit
You’d better learn our ways,
Cuz if you ever try to leave
It means you’ll have to stay.

My Town

From Poem Man



0 thoughts on “My Town

  1. The problem, of course, is not a problem because if I say I like it it means I don’t like it and it doesn’t stop there … the existential experience of personality overlay whereby one likes what one can do without and vice versa – why we strive toward absolutes

    1. And why children have such a great gig…it all makes perfect, silly sense to them.

      1. Hah! Yes, I never would have thought of children in this conversation – but you are so right. And it’s something we never lose … warp … and try to get back

        1. Which reminds me…I forgot to mention at the bottom of the poem that it’s from Poem Man…a book of poems for children. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I feel like we live in the same town. Awesome!

    1. Yeah, I’m quite sure our town’s zip code transcends much of the country. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to leave such an awesome comment, ilyasstory. I really appreciate it.

  3. love this. really great.

    1. Hey, thanks a lot, ryantlabee. I’m so glad to hear that. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      1. Absolutely, my pleasure! Look forward to reading more of your work!

  4. Thank You for letting me find you!

    But moreover, thank you for the smile evoked!

    1. Well, look at that…now I’m smiling in response to your very kind, poetic comment. Thank you in return, From The Pews.

  5. Smiling and love this whimsical piece or do I hate it…I’m confused 🙂 haha

  6. Do I mean it when I like it? Do I like it when I mean it?
    Ah! Would we were all so transparent then we wouldn’t have to guess
    At other people’s meanings and sort out all the mess!
    Yet where would be the wonder in that?
    Love this piece Kurt! Who said opposites attract? Well – very well attracted mate! 🙂

    1. Opposites aside, I am very much attracted to and appreciative of your kind and poetic comment, Rob. Thank you, my friend.

  7. Brings to mind Shel Silverstein.

    1. I’ll consider that a compliment of the highest order. He was a genuine genius and among a short list of my most favorite poets. Thank you, smithaw50.

  8. Reblogged this on and commented:
    If this was titled “My Church”. “My Modern Day Church” or something like that, it would make just as much sense.

  9. LOL, that was really good! Thanks, I loved it. We live in the same town, don’t we?

    1. Ha ha…from what I’m gathering, its zip code covers a rather large swath of territory…

      Thanks for the awesome comment, insanitybytes22.

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