How I Make a Living
I spare no words
to rhyme or reason.
But words too obtuse
are a poet’s treason.
I collect porcupine quills
and small animal bones.
I bring back words like stones
still wet when the tide recedes.
I don't write poetry
to rouse creative solutions
for personal challenges.
That's what bourbon is for.
Neal Whitman of Pacific
Grove, California, is know locally for his little white
hatchback –– its license plate is PG POET in a frame incised,
"Poetic License." In 2011 he was a finalist in the Common Ground
Review poetry contest; in 2010 he won 3rd prize and honorable
mention. Also in 2011 he won the Chief's Choice Award in the
White Buffalo contest and the Haiku Pix Review chapbook contest.