The Negro Speaks of Rivers

23 Dec

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
     flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
     went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
     bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

~Langston Hughes

I’ve Recently Decided

12 Sep

that I’m going to live until the age of 84.

Somewhere in my 50’s

I’ll obtain a PHD so people can call me

Dr. Bob.

I will visit Osaka, Japan

and attend a baseball game there.

Then maybe somewhere around 60

I might be ready for another kid.

~Bob E. Freeman

Casual

12 Sep

Sleeping with someone you casually connect with

is almost as confusing as

sleeping with someone you don’t respect

(especially if you’re raw dogging).

Your body can trick your mind

into falling in love

or thinking that you did.

~Bob E. Freeman

Balance Due (The Gut Check)

12 Sep

Woke up on the floor to my cell phone alarm

going off.

Folded up my sleeping bag

and found my carefully hung up slacks

and collared shirt.

Slowly started dressing in the dark.

I visualized my goals–both long and short term,

then walked down the stairs

and out into the still morning.

My grace period was over

and it was time to put in work.

Goodbye Enemy Airship

Hello adulthood.

~Bob E. Freeman

Fall Quarantine Mix

9 Sep

Katie and the Mattress on the Floor

31 Aug

I. High afternoon passions

her skin complemented

the living room decor

of my studio apartment.

Sometimes tender.

Sometimes erotic.

But never too aggressive.

 

II. The lowest of frequencies

brought us back

late one night

for some herb

and some tunes

and a little bit of tongue.

My intentions were mild

at best, but things grew raucous

with one casual click of the mouse.

 

~Bob E. Freeman

 

Therapist

30 Aug

She told me that perhaps

I should take a break from romance

and focus my energies on being an artist.

It took me a couple of missteps

before I finally took her advice.

 

~Bob E. Freeman

Some Hither, Others Yon

23 Aug

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com in Kindle or paperback. Its pretty good I promise.

 

BM

All Done

12 Aug

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/some-hither-others-yon-bob-e-freeman/1137425526?ean=9781634989268

 

 

Baby Haiku

24 Jul

He’s raw, unpolished,

a better version of me.

I was once like him.

 

~Bob E. Freeman