once in awhile

I do something stupid

like reveal

the Creeley influence

or the Patchen influence

or the Brautigan influence

or the W.C. Williams influence


It’s a dead giveaway

that I’ll give myself away

before the night is through


Am I really

that transparent?


It seems I am not

that adapt

at hiding things like that


or keeping secrets

for more than

a few days at a time

without getting too bored


and spilling the beans

and pissing off

someone or other

somewhere down the line