“before i die,” by Jason Barber

Jan 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Poetry

shoplift saffron.
include the word “carthaginian” in a title.
be naked for days on end.
understand and consume cheese.
chop at bales of hay with a machete.
extrude mud.
form bricks.
wear yellow and baby blue,
lightly touch a woman’s lower back dimples
with the gooey side of a warm aloe vera leaf.
witness a bank robbery.
brush the hair of a miniature pony.
get tangled-up in the weeds with a friend
and just stay for a while.


Jason Barber lives, works, and writes poems in Denver, Colorado. He loves books and thinks libraries are great. He would like to work in a library someday, as well as build a house powered by a windmill and solar panels.

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