Monday, June 18, 2018

My Birthday with Russell Rosander

photo © Mark Butkus 2015
The poet Russell Rosander and his friend Romeo.

I was born this morning
About one-thirty A.M.
It was cloudy, though I didn't know it
And it smelled like rain.
I had to pee,
So I got up and did it.

A birthday.
A marker of time.
We try to measure our lives with them
As we do with accumulated possessions, experiences
And lists of accomplishments.
Like measuring the ocean
By determining how much water
A teaspoon will hold.

I determine today
To make my bed,
Fix breakfast and eat it,
Maybe go to town
And Beer Bobs book exchange.
To sit at Hector´s Corner Bar
And enjoy the company of friends
And the clean, fresh air
After the rain.

— Russell Rosander

An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosanderl is also a co-founder of the Bar None Group. The Poet Laureate of Barra de Navidad hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar and Blue Wave Cafe. You can find more of his writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories.

Russell has four limited edition volumes of poetry — The Devil is the Creator, MotMots Emergency, Seeds Awakening and Heart of One — available for purchase at his Friday appearances at Hector's Corner Bar in Barra de Navidad. Copies are also available at Babalu's Café and Books in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico.

On the occasion of his birthday, the Bar None Group celebrates the life and poetry of Russell with his own poem of his birthday  — written on his birthday five years ago. Happy birthday Russell!

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