Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Why I Have a Crush on You, UPS Man
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Love’s inspiration can come from anywhere, even a delivery truck -- and so today’s poem by Alice Persons of Westbrook, the editor and publisher of Maine’s Moon Pie Press.
Why I Have A Crush On You, UPS Man by Alice N. Persons
you bring me all the things I order are never in a bad mood always have a jaunty wave as you drive away look good in your brown shorts we have an ideal uncomplicated relationship you’re like a cute boyfriend with great legs who always brings the perfect present (why, it’s just what I’ve always wanted!) and then is considerate enough to go away oh, UPS Man, let’s hop in your clean brown truck and elope! ditch your job, I’ll ditch mine let’s hit the road for Brownsville and tempt each other with all the luscious brown foods— roast beef, dark chocolate, brownies, Guinness, homemade pumpernickel, molasses cookies I’ll make you my mama’s bourbon pecan pie we’ll give all the packages to kind-looking strangers live in a cozy wood cabin with a brown dog or two and a black and brown tabby I’m serious, UPS Man. Let’s do it. Where do I sign?
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2007 Alice N. Persons. Reprinted from Don’t Be A Stranger, Sheltering Pines Press, 2007, by permission of Alice N. Persons. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.