Flamenco at the Thirsty Bear. Jim Gunshinan

About Jim Gunshinan

 • The Artificial Heart
 • Heroes
 • Geography Lessons
 • Blue Cornflowers
 • Living by Water
 • Upon This Rock
 • The Man Dad Brought
    Home from the War
 • Physics
 • Black and White
 • Not the Mom We Were
    Used To
 • Nothing Sacred
 • Spring
 • Transformation
 • Please Straighten That Up
 • Up from Depression
 • What the Body Wants
 • Compassion
 • Commute
Kiss Me
 • Starter Castles
 • Flamenco at the Thirsty
 • A Nature Poem
 • Portrait of a Woman from
   the Gardens of Egypt in the
   First Century



Kiss Me

Do it Mister President. Make me
your Valentine. Invite me to your cabinet.
Make me your Secretary of Energy

in charge of Faith-Based Initiatives.
Do it in front of millions—
old friends and former classmates.

Just a peck on the cheek
and while you’re at it, put a medal
around my neck.

Make me a Navy Seal.
Let me stand behind you
in a dark suit and sunglasses

tutor your daughters
in math, and escort Michelle
when you are away.

Make me head of the Library of Congress
and chooser of the next five
Poets Laureate of the United States

me, me, me, Kim Addonizio
and then me again.
I want to ride in Air Force One.

I want to meet Steven Colbert.
Seat me next to Bruce Springsteen.
Or just pick me for your basketball team.

Call me by my high school nickname.
Pat me on the butt and say
Hey Gunsh, nice shot man.


  © Jim Gunshinan, 2013


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