I have the life I’ve always wanted
stopped short of success.
I want success, but I don’t know why.
Maybe, I feel
the need to do something
like playing pool
in a random universe
or, getting attention
so I can ignore everybody. (I’m already doing that—by the way)
When nobody wants you,
there’s no fun in hiding.
J.D. Salinger would not have enjoyed his time alone
if he didn’t know, there were thousands of literary elites
to invade his privacy.
When you are in high demand, it’s important to keep it that way.
The young kid in the pro shop
wants to feel important
there’s a girl in there, with skin-tight jeans
and blonde hair
“Can I get out?” I ask.
He knows I have a membership.
“The back 9 is wide-open…” I suggest.
“I’ll get you out on the front 9 in 30 minutes,” he says with authority.
I know he has to act like a man, for the woman
so I don’t argue.
I get on the first green in two
and the cart girl is watching me
“Hey, do you want a beer?” She asks.
“Just one second.” I hole out a 20-foot putt.
“You’re pretty good,” she says.
I look at her
There’s a whole generation of young people who I used to be
When did I get older?
“Do you have any other talents?” She asks.
We chit chat
I take a coke, instead of alcohol, because I don’t drink
and she asks me why…?
“I have enough problems,” I say.
She giggles… “You don’t look like you have any problems.”
There’s permanent marker on the can
it’s her phone number.
When you don’t need
life keeps giving
the trick is
and keep golfing.