Why I Don’t Go to Cocktail Parties

Cocktail parties are filled with prattle,
voices chortling like chickens in a barnyard,
blaring music stupefying the senses,

smiles frigid as dead birds in winter,
eyes play at listening as if watching a silent movie,
shallow, well-rehearsed responses as I stand

frozen, waiting to thaw and evaporate.

David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can contact David via email or follow him on his website.

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