Danny Earl Simmons is an Oregonian and a proud graduate of Corvallis High School. He is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and an active member of Albany Civic Theater. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals such as Naugatuck River Review, Avatar Review, Burningword, Pirene’s Fountain, and Verse Wisconsin.
Danny Earl Simmons
Gravel rock scar left a dent
in the middle of his forehead.
Nobody really knows for sure:
Running in the driveway with
untied shoes at five years old?
Midnight shift, stagger drunk,
miles away from the mischievous
years of racing for first in the dirt?
MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR'S BRAND NEW BABY BOY
His face reads like a Bukowski poem
written after a weekend bender
and not nearly enough Bromo.
I’m not saying he doesn’t have
a certain puppylike appeal.
It’s just those worried wrinkles
already grooved into the middle
of his two-week old forehead
have me convinced that his future
will consist of way too many
well-placed and perfectly timed