Poems by Jason Walter

 

 

 

 

Fish Tales

Just as you’re about to be obliterated without warning, 

you have a second to cry out a few words.

Our story grants you a reason to pray.

 

You forget about a time when you almost died without warning,

but then you remember that you survived just fine.

Our story grants you a reason to laugh hysterically. 

 

You get bored with reading stories, 

so you go to your favorite bar 

and see the girl that you’ve been crushing on for weeks

is dancing by herself to your favorite song.

Our story grants you a reason to dance.



Underground Concert

drums beats breaks

snare snaps and clashing

CIVIL WAR, RAVES, RAGE!!

(a frenzy of clapping)

 

IT GOES, IT GOES, IT GOES!

you hip and you hop

you dip and you bop

you pogo dance

you slaaam dance

YOU PRANCE AND PRANCE AND PRANCE!

 

slap that ass

forget the past

WAKE UP, AND GO TO MASS!

CUT THE, OR SCORE SOME GRASS!

 

shrug off the stains

wrapped around the brain

GO-GO, ONE-TWO-THREE-FOUR!

 

“The song’s already over!?”

“Punk or rap?”

“Who gives a crap!?”

(Primitive Class)

(Witches of Brass)

BASHBASHBASHBASHBASH!!!!

 

“That set just went 

waaaay

waaaay

way

too fast!

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Walter is from Summerville, S.C. He received a B.A and M.A in Literature from Clemson University. In 2011, on tour with his punk rock band, M-Tank, Walter fell asleep at the wheel and drove their Jeep Grand Cherokee off an overpass. During recovery, Walter began turning his tour journal into a graphic novel, and in November 2012, Walter finished “Modern Unicorn.” He currently teaches at the University of South Carolina in Aiken.