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Sirens of Regret…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Bewilderment,Bob's Eve Odyssey,Liberation Fantasies,Life & Death,Love and Romance — Bob at 7:21 am on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Sirens of Regret

By Robert M. Katzman © June 26, 2014


I can hear it far away

Weaving in and out



Better get outa the way

Wasn’t I painting something?

Mrs. Phillips, your boy has talent

You can tell that at seven?

Picking red strawberries under the Iowa sun

Pretty girl, blond hair spilling over her shoulders

Sirens coming…

In a barn

Up in a hayloft

Jenny, can I unbutton that button?








John, college or painting

Can’t do both

Choose one

You want to be a starving artist?


Accounting is the smart choice

I’ll send in the application

Sirens wailing…

Well, John

Welcome to the firm

Your office is over there

Sorry, no window yet

Mary will be your secretary

Pretty girl, Mary

Mary, look at the view!

I want to paint Cape Cod!

John, forget that

Billy is getting sand in his hair

Oil painting won’t pay for fixing our roof

Or Emily’s braces

Why do you persist?

Sirens…sweet soft Jenny…hay in our hair…sirens

Corner office, John

Finally got your window, eh?

Meeting new clients for lunch?

Looks like a few too many lunches

Nice watercolors on your wall

You painted them?

No! I don’t believe it!

When could you spare the time?

Mr. Phillips, I see a problem

You’re too heavy

Too many cigarettes

You work too many hours

Stress can kill you

You don’t look happy to me

Even consider a hobby?

Painting, maybe?

Sirens, louder, closer

John, we made you partner

There’ll be more traveling now

Clients want to press the flesh

So first Rochester

Then Buffalo

Then Davenport





You look so pale

Why are you still working at midnight?

Is work all there is?

I’ll get you some water

I need new brushes

Jenny let me paint you

God, Jenny

You’re so beautiful

Wish we had more time!

Wish we had more time…

Wish we had more time…

Sirens so distant…fading away…

John?  John??  John!!

Publishing News! 

(Currently seeking representation as a speaker/poet for hire)

Bob Katzman’s two new true Chicago books are now for sale, from him!
Vol. One: A Savage Heart  and Vol. Two: Fighting Words

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Here’s complete information on how to buy my books:

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Don’t Go Quietly Press
PO Box 44287
Racine, Wis. 53404-9998

email: robertmkatzman@gmail.com

Books cost $29.95 each, plus shipping

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Comment by Brad Dechter

October 2, 2018 @ 7:53 am

Bob- you trying to give all our older generation who still work a kick in the ass or just morbid things to think about?
Can I say ouch?

Comment by Charlie Newman

October 2, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

an oldie but a goodie

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