As you know by now, it’s National Poetry Month! Our friends at Poetry.org suggested “30 Ways to Celebrate“, and we’ve got our own way to honor the art, craft and joy of poetry. We call it 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30), and over the course of the month, we’ll be posting one poem a day from community celebrities to poets with enduring legacies.

Today’s Poem of the Day comes from Komplex, the host of Thursday’s (April 5, 2012) Open Mic Poetry at Hyattsville:

KOMPLEX

nice and unexpected
by Komplex

first date

accident

screeching brakes

eyes closed tight

head on collision

with a kiss

no casualties

child-prodigy performs emergency surgery on very sick teddy sincere inner sense

witness gives thanks

And praise

speeding

stopped

speaking

cop

warning

Twist of fate, garnish of favor and voila!

good news on bad day

good trip around old way

persistent ray of sunshine

i think i can i think i can

climb over this “deeprecession”

her frown turned upside down

an exquisite wedding on a day so gloomy

a good surprise ending to a really bad movie

a private conversation in a crowded room

christmas in june

5 days of warm when the news called for 4

This just in! Abrupt end to pointless war!

big finish slow start

big fish no sharks

ny’s eve,  nyc no gunshots

no new year’s day deaths

yet

men

young

black

dressed in black

mothers crying….

graduation

ever seen a star dance?

or heard the song the wind sings

to autumn covered trees

felt the warm kiss of a sunrise

or tasted a midnight ocean breeze?

it’s a little bit different

its a little bit magnificent

there is walking thru a mall

and walking thru a waterfall

skimming the top

and skimming rocks…a little bit different

is there a restaurant or country you’ve always wanted to go to?

someone you feel really ought to know you?

who says you have to wait til new year’s to make a resolution?

what if it’s like october and you’re feeling inspired?

karaoke never killed anyone

but regrets cause cancer

so it’s a bridge….jump off

so it’s a plane…jump out

you only die once

but you have to live every day

don’t knock it til you’ve tried it

twice

just to be sure

it just might be….nice…nice and unexpected

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