Don’t Be Flip

Don't be cool

Poet Todd Boss
Filmmaker Angella Kassube
Composer John Hermanson

Don’t Be Flip

when you drop   
   your mate at   
      the dock or   
your children   
   at school. Don’t   
      be cool. Don’t   
be coy. Or if   
   you do, don’t   
      assume it’s   
okay to act   
   that way. For   
      today may   
be your last   
   chance at   
      joy before it   
flashes away   
   like a tin   
      toy in one of   
those shooting   
   galleries in   
      midways: those   
ducks that seem   
   to paddle a   
      stream that’s   
not a stream   
   but a rotating   
toothed for   
      & reappearance,   
a spit   
   without point   
      or flame,   
along which   
   randomly clucks   
      the whole game.
Todd Boss

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Poem ©2008 Todd Boss, all rights reserved. Used by permission of the author and publisher W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Film ©2010 Motionpoems, Inc., all rights reserved.