National Poetry Month and Cee Williams

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Erie County Poet Laureate Cee Williams

April 10, 2015 – Cee Williams

Cee Williams is a fisherman and gardener from Erie, Pa. He loves his family, his community, and occasionally shares his poetry. Cee currently serves as the fourth poet laureate of Erie County, PA.

Bluebird Poem

Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

Charles Bukowski


April 11, 2015 – Cee Williams

The Guy Who Wore a Dragon Costume

Lev Burykin

He wore it for Halloween. It was a hit, And then he started wearing it
everyday. “They call me The Dragon” That was his pick-up line at the bar
…and in the grocery aisle and the book club. In fact,
that was the way he generally introduced himself to others,

He just said it with a certain cadence around women.
Creepy? A little. A little more-so when he plays his fiddle
I think he’s a happy dragon, wagging his tail as he leaves every domain
looking to and fro, like he owned the place.

That son-of-a-bitch! Who does he think he is?
Right “The Dragon” no need to remind me
Anyways, next Halloween it was another phase
This time, he was Bill Gates… Not as good as his dragon days
But he still insisted he was a just artist
After 10 years of this experiment he had also been Captain America,
Miss America 2006(whatever her name is), Gandhi, that other guy
who always said “Oy, Crikey!” a couch, then a coach, a blunt roach
and lastly, out of irony, he was a mime.
People had forgotten who he originally was. This made him a mime unmatched
He became famous. So on the 11th year he was…himself;
The Guy Who Wore a Dragon Costume. Naturally though,
this meant that he had to wear a dragon costume.

Preferably the original.

Contributor’s Note: Lev Burykin is a resident of Erie PA whose work has been featured at Poets’ Hall and on stages throughout the Erie Area.

April 12, 2015 – Cee Williams

CC021 12 Poems by Cee WilliamsUntitled

uneasy morning
Himalayas on my shoulders

this fissure runs deep
the darkest parts sting

be a flower
all bright things

the things that Buddhists say

Mister Sherpa
there’s a gypsy throwing stones in the well

the well is deep
the stones will sink

the wise will drink from the top

the anecdote is knowledge of self
witnesses help

so do therapists

the things that Buddhists say

be a flower
all bright things

plant sorghum
too much nitrate means love won’t grow

be the moon
above the terrestrial

be not fingers and mouths and feet

be not arms and legs
be not mind or spirit

be instead the river
or perhaps the cascade

the things that Buddhists say

be a flower
all bright things

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