semantikon feature literature
Jan. 2004
Michael Crossley
Michael Crossley is writer, actor, and poet and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
micheal crossley, cincinnati ohio, poet, performance artists, actor, some girls, every thug, kentucky


We all used to sit around on this one couch,
drinking beers, listening to music, talking…
some real great conversationalists we were, just
having a good time.
we figured out that we were all dying,
someone turned down the stereo,
we started drinking more & talking less.
and I still think it takes a certain kind of person,
a really different diamond
to feel too old
at 23.
I was talking to a very pretty gorl at a bar one evening,
she said, “So what do you write about?”
I had forgotten, but promised myself to
start writing about her more,
While walking home I thought “Jesus!”
Who knows…I’m too old, I need to see a doctor.
If I was a younger man, that very pretty gorl
would be at my side on that old couch
Drinking & talking…
Smiling and meaning it. There was some genius on that couch,
we’d feed em drinks & give them funny names.
Back then we didn’t want to be anything
except drunk,
& a long term goal meant waking up for work tomorrow.
Damn, I wish I never figured out
that we were all dying.
I wish we could all pass out on that couch with our suits
on & a beer in hand…
I had to throw the couch out,
Beer stains & all.
Only, someone picked it up before the trash men came.
so someone
somewhere is sitting on that couch right now
probably half drunk
with the realization of their dying.