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Beautification

by Ivan Jenson


You cannot be
inconspicuous
with those
facial features
which are
instantly recognizable
as an amalgamation
of what is
by unilateral
consensus
considered to be
aesthetically
pleasing
and so you
stand out in
a crowd
because you
unwittingly stand
for something
which pleases
the eye
or the lucky
wet lips of someone
who is most
likely equally
charmed by
the gene pool
where you
were nipped and tucked
and cosmetically
enhanced
upon arrival

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Charity Case

by Ivan Jenson


I have been meaning
for some time to sit you
down and tell you exactly
who I really am
but I have
been putting it off
because you have
been projecting on to me
so many charismatic
cinematic attributes
that I didn’t want to
lose my heroic
statuesque stature
but since I don’t
want you to hear
it from someone else
I will say that my
true persona
is not necessarily
narcissistic but far from
philanthropic
which just means
if you ask for too
much I might just
say, “Sorry, I already gave
and gave”
and walk on

A little compensation

by Ivan Jenson


I am combing over
my feelings
so that they
cover my
bald spot
vulnerabilities
and I am sucking
in my gut
so that nobody
misinterprets
my healthy
appetite
for whatever
is left on my plate
and I am close shaving
my gray stubble
so as not to seem
as out of date
as Barney Rubble
and I am often
seen drinking
from a half empty
half full
fountain soda
of youth
or fooling myself
while running in place
over the hill
on the treadmill
trying to beat
my own
best times
which are all
far behind me
now

The Sporty Life

by Ivan Jenson


No, I am not
the perfect
gentleman
with perfect
posture
who knows which wine
goes perfectly
with what dish
I wish
I could be
converted
into that suave
guy in a convertible
but I am instead
like the valet parking
attendant
who is handed
the key
to that plush and
ugly american dream
only to have to
give it back
the way I got it
every time

Ted’s Talk

by Ivan Jenson


I was deeply
distressed
by the shallow
response that
I got when I
gave my grave
presentation
for I was
distracted from
my somber
sober verbal
soft shoe
tap dance around
the big issues
when not a single
tissue was needed
to dab a tearful eye
and when I finished
my sorry slog
through my
sluggish
bookish
truth
which I warned
was not meant
for the intellectually
squeamish
I at first
thought I saw
that they had
seen the light
but in fact
the faces
of this
new generation
were basking
in the glow
of their own
little
interpersonal
cellphone
delights

Sob Story

by Ivan Jenson


So you came
from a dysfunctional
family
that lived in
an underprivileged
neighborhood
you attended
a dangerous
public school
fell in with
the wrong crowd
made some bad
decisions
fell behind
in your studies
and ended up
dropping out
and getting a
dead-end job
and marrying
an abusive spouse
then you brought up
some ungrateful kids
while taking care of
ailing parents who
left you no inheritance
and despite all the hard
luck and hard times
and hard evidence
to the contrary
you still would not
trade your life
for any other man’s
but then again
nobody has
ever offered

A Brand Delusion

by Ivan Jenson


I truly expect that
someone will
fully explain
that this has all been
an extravagant
set-up and that even my most
intimate companions have been
in on the whole thing
and that everything up
to this point has not
exactly been a dream
but has been more like
a cross between
a game
a prank
and a piece of performance
art mixed with a bit of
ritual all set to a killer
soundtrack
and then
in the end
I can kick back and
watch the montage
of memories
knowing it was all
a fabrication
a stimulating
simulation
an all encompassing
piece of grand entertainment
sponsored by some soda,
Subaru or foot-long turkey sub
or maybe it was all underwritten by
that bald benefactor
known as the rising and
the setting sun