For Sentimental Reasons

For Sentimental Reasons

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers

For Sentimental Reasons

            “My beer-drunk soul is sadder than all the Christmas trees

            of the world.”  - Charles Bukowski

 

 

another year has gone

leaving me to reflect upon

old acquaintances

and lovers

 

to transitorily  hypothesize

if you still wear baseball caps backwards

or read prose by Robert Frost

on nights when you can’t sleep

 

if you still smoke Marlboro cigarettes

and drive a red flatbed ford

that plays the static of talk radio,

and if on occasion

when the moon is full

 think of me

 

the dichotomy  of pros and cons

and the Irish in me agree

you were the one that got away

 

but on occasion,

a Cabernet Sauvignon

often relinquishes thoughts of you

for sentimental reasons.





 

© 2022 Kelly Scheppers


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This is a lovely poem, Ms. Kelly. I can relate on all those past loves and lovers and, do wonder at times, how they are and what has become of them. So very nicely penned. Thank you, Temp

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

Two of my past loves are no longer on this earth, but I still think of them often...and probably alw.. read more
Temperance

1 Month Ago

My pleasure. Two of mine or gone as well.
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MCS
These words on this day.....I'll just open another bottle of wine.
Always a treat to read your work.
Thank you

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

I have missed you more than I can say. Thank you, Mary! I'll take a glass of that wine. Let us toa.. read more
But you’re not here; you’re not there
And bourbon is dark
A lake of tears
You: a water lily

Sunsets are the worst, aren’t they lol

I think pain is good; I know pain is good… the loss, the despair, the longing; it’s a bruise on the heart, the wound can even be beautiful, and there is nothing worse in the chest of a man or woman than a rock. Many don’t like Bukowski, their timid morality won’t allow them to fathom the pain behind his verse, but pain is what makes one human. I think the problem with the average post-modernist is that he’s never been punched in the mouth lol.

Anyways, a lovely piece, and I’m pleased you were inspired that rough old b*****d. Thanks for pointing me in this direction.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

The depth and perception of your review flatters me. I agree with your analysis on pain, it is what .. read more
Hi again Kelly,
I don't know about Bukowski's influence, but the sheer genius of your poetic skill rivals that of McKuen's 'Listen to the Warm' in imagery and smooth easy emotional appeal that literally tugs hearts of every reader -- he is my favorite free verse writer by-the-way.
I had no idea this caliber of poetry is being shared at WritersCafe, but because it is you I should have known.
Your title and painting I think are both perfect and set the timbre for the fully embracing poetry to come but nothing can compare to experiencing it with eyes and mind and heart and emotion and imagination that takes it all and makes the world around us disappear -- it seems I could write a book in review.

Let me stop before I become a burden, by saying if I ever loved a poem this is the one I fell in love with -- thank you sincerely Kelly purely for sentimental reasons,
Roth

Posted 4 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

3 Months Ago

Hello, Roth! Wow, where do I begin? First of all, I want to apologize for being late with my respo.. read more
This is quite impressive, Kelly. Everything a lyric poem should be. Congratulations.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Months Ago

Funny, how a simple quote can inspire you. Thank you most kindly, Winston!
I read all those amazing and insightful reviews, and to be honest (and a bit jealous) I am somewhat jealous how eloquent they were. You certainly struck a cord, poet. I have nothing to add, except to say, "bravo!" to all.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I am most appreciative of each and every one. You are no exception!
Hmmm... The one who got away...
Guess we all got a fish story or two. Heck, I've been the one who got away.
Very beautiful ruminations, my friend.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I think at least two times I must have been myself, but they were the times my heart was broken. Tha.. read more
M. J. Smith

6 Months Ago

Aww... Reckon the pleasure was mine, Ma'am. And you are most welcome.
An apt title for such a sensitive
piece of poetry, those sentimental
feelings of memories well replayed
in the mind can cause mixed emotions
nice and sad mingle and can bring on
the Blues..another glass of wine
perhaps to chase them away

Nice Work....


Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

...another glass of wine, indeed! I like the way you think, Fran! Thank you!
Fantastic, I say! But the poem had more shades of Rod McKuen than Bukowski in my humble opinion; the revisiting of old relationships leaving the readers teary-eyed fools of nostalgic sentiment. The Irish in me is empathetic while the Scot in me protests the Cabernet Sauvignon and craves some Chateau Largo. (smile) But I'm afraid I'm not going to have either since I no longer imbibe. But have a glass for me. (Note: the Chateau Largo was deemed "undrinkable" by the critics in 2016 ) But what's that to folks who eats innards and oatmeal prepared in a sheep's stomach? (Haggis) I don't wear kilts either.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Fabian G. Franklin

6 Months Ago

Now THAT is a sweet story! The critics vociferously hated McKuen and his work. The public bought ove.. read more
Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I was once told the definition of a critic. A critic is a person who tells an eyewitness to an acci.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

6 Months Ago

I like that. ;)
first off - love your title and accompanying quote. top-notch sentiments in a neat little package. such a reflective ease but poignancy in your words. we are never alone when we have comforting memories to embrace. i love it ... :)

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Isn't that a great quote? Thank you, Pete! Hope all is well in bean town!

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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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