Get Your Poem On/16 Open Mic Night at the Starving Artist Cafe on City Island

As I’ve written about before, on the last Friday night of each month, it is open mic night at the Starving Artist Café. And as I’ve written about before, I always enjoy my time when I go. I was there this past Friday 4/25/14. My best buddy and I went. He drove. I brought a bottle of wine. Friday’s mix was almost completely musicians and singers. I read six poems. One person did karaoke. The host, Marc, told his jokes in between introducing folks. The food is so good. The people range from teens to grandparents, people who live on City Island, older rock ‘n rollers, the owner Elliot Glick performed with other guitarists/singers, and the waitress belted out one of her original songs accompanied by her guitar. It’s always a good time. As I drank throughout the evening, my memory got a bit fuzzy. I don’t remember saying good night to Elliot. 😦

Here’s one of the poems I read:

Darling Starling

On 198 Street and
Creston Avenue
a starling
with a hint of iridescence
on its dark wings
gently
deliberately
lands.
Able to fly
it chooses my
borough, my neighborhood
the corner where
a shooting erupted
on a recent afternoon.
Hops along
looks around
pecks at a pizza crust.
I quick by
on my way to work
honored
by the starling
darling.

(c) Mindy Matijasevic

About Mindy Matijasevic

Writer of nonfiction prose and poetry; actress; comic; adult basic education instructor. The name of this blog was inspired by a former student, Camille Williams, who once, in a conversation, used the phrase "get my learn on." I loved it, and it stuck in my head.
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