A Homage To My High School

by John Lars Zwerenz

John Lars Zwerenz

Wrapped in the blue of an American Flag,
A scholar sails through translated verse,
As teachers scoff and students curse,
Fighting and flirting while playing at tag.

The girls lay themselves with evil intent
Upon the paths of erudition, hell bent
To be stumbling blocks to truth seekers.
They remove their skirts and school bought sneakers,
To walk with burning feet behind the mask of the gym.
One roving poet got away, although they tried to rape him;

Now he sits on Mount Olympus,
Serenading Christ -
Reducing Zeus to sand, to fire, to the dust of dice,
As he prays for all of us.

And the sun sets grandly on the cherry tree below
One lone savant's decades old window:
The sole professor worthy of his salt and grace.
He greets with wisdom each new, arrogant, fresh face,
Eschewing yearly the immense vortex of the ancient undertow.

Poems by John Lars Zwerenz

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John Lars Zwerenz (1969- ) is an American impressionistic poet. He is considered one of the most important new literary figures in the world, both internationally and in The United States. He has published seven books of poetry, all of which have risen dramatically in price since their original publication. Zwerenz owns a B.A. in English from The City University Of New York At Queens College and has traveled extensively throughout The United States and overseas as a kind of literary wanderer. He has held a bohemian reputation since his youth. Zwerenz's two most recent poetry books, "Ecstasy And Other Poems", released in December of 2016, and "Elysian Meadows", released in February of 2017, have been published by ATLA Publishing, based in The UK. His poems have also appeared prolifically in International Magazines and other anthologies. Zwerenz's poetry is often highly spiritual in nature. His verse almost always adheres to strict, metrical stanzas. He currently resides in The United States, and is 48 years of age., - Rachael Canter

Last updated May 24, 2019