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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Why I Have A Crush On You, UPS Man
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Today’s favorite poem from an earlier column was selected by Eddie Meisner of Bangor, who writes, “My best friend wed a UPS man in 1971, and they are married still.” Eddie adds that when he read this poem in Take Heart, he immediately “cut it out and sent them a copy.”
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. Please note that the column is no longer accepting submissions; comments about it may be directed to special consultant to the poet laureate, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, at email@example.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: More Poems from Maine, a brand new anthology collecting the final two and a half years of this column, will be available late this year from Down East Books.