Vultures circle in the sky.
The crows and ravens take a seat
and chatter in dead trees.
The coyotes circle and dart
while the roaches hiss
and scurry in.
Lifeless eyes stare into the sun
waiting to be plucked
like ripe fruit from a bush,
finally putting an end to sight.
A tongue hangs out,
dry and swollen,
as the mouth becomes an opening
to access the pool of decay.
When it is all over,
when the end is finally here,
the ones left living
will be the crows,
and the coyotes,
while the fox runs off
with your heart.
Welcome to the chaotic and often strange life of a Quasi, Clumsy Spiritual Warrior, Dan Abernathy. This Renaissance man is known as an outlaw poet, artist and purveyor of words, a junkyard philosopher, and a vagabond searching for a pure hedonistic meaning for his of life. His voice, be it in his words or in his art, is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in.
“His poems are a bit like a well fingered bowl of mixed treats in a dark bar – filled with some salty Charles Bukowski, some chewy Hunter S. Thompson, and a little zap-a-hooty sweetness ala Dr. Seuss (tossed in just for the kiddies…er, ah, not that I’d recommend this one for any mother’s son.”
– David Vaughan, an artist, writer from the Pacific Northwest coast.
Abernathy makes available 98% of all his perspectives, be they fluid and random thoughts, or meandering and incomplete rants to the masses. They other 2% he keeps to himself, archived and a gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher.
When not roaming the road in his converted 1991 International school bus, Abernathy hangs his hat in Pinedale, Wyoming. He has published two books of poetry, Looking For Security While Wearing a Loincloth and I Don’t Shave on Sundays. He is also the Editor/Publisher of The Contributor, a monthly newspaper of free speech, art, travel, the spoken word and other oddities that should be revealed. His poetry was also recently been published in Outlaw Poetry and In Between Hangovers. Abernathy can be followed at www.contributechaos.com