“How to Confuse an Idiot (Turn Over)” – Poetry by CL Bledsoe

Nephi Grigg, Tater Tots Inventor & Ore-Ida Founder By Gibchan (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Nephi Grigg, Tater Tots Inventor & Ore-Ida Founder – Photo by Gibchan (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

“How to Confuse an Idiot (Turn Over)” is one of five wry yet poignant poems by CL Bledsoe in our Summer 2015 issue, which you can order online via Amazon and Createspace. Copies are also available at fine independent brick-and-mortar stores like Bluestockings and St. Mark’s Bookshop.

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A LIFE CAN BE LIVED ON TATER TOTS AND IGNORING
hopelessness, which means never looking
in the mirror, the sky, the colored waters

of others’ eyes unless you smell your own
death. Shush. Ketchup is enough luxury
to compensate for heaven. I’m not lazy,

I just don’t believe life is worth enough
to beg for more when no one’s listening
anyway. If you need more, there

are always food trucks, frozen pizzas,
cheesecake in a tub. They all feel close
enough to real to fool the apathetic soul.

This is a calendar life, you may say,
but no one will listen. I’ve tried. The best
you can hope for is mustard for your corndog.

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HeadshotCL BLEDSOE is the author of a dozen books, most recently the poetry collection Riceland and the novel Man of Clay. He lives in northern Virginia with his daughter.

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