David Fleming
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Acts of Random Poetry Archive

Occasionally, I have posted original poetry.  Just remember, "original" does not have to mean "good."  Still, I hope readers enjoy some of them.

July 19, 2023: Back To The Couch (On seeing cast-offs)

May 23, 2023: So Few Fish For The School (Feeding frenzies for college students)

April 11, 2023: Moral Panic (Modern society)

February 26, 2023: In A Blue Field (Missing the train wreck that was a different potential job)

February 10, 2023: Tortoiseshell (On having a tough exterior)

January 1, 2023: The Monster Among The Empty Rooms (On aging and losing brain functionality)

December 17, 2022: Apprehension (On anxiety)

November 9, 2022: The Dying Purple (America as only blue and red)

October 22, 2022: Feeding The Mouths (On following the media)

September 20, 2022: In The Sand (On sticking, or not sticking, one's hand in the sand)

September 10, 2022: On The Coronation of King Charles III (Or Not) (Supporting our children)

September 10, 2022: Traded Cowboys For Cowards (Leadership)

September 4, 2022: Everybody's Laboring (Labor and Labor Day)

July 31, 2022: Fluency (On degrees in social influencing)

July 13, 2022: Gradually (The dysfunction of grad schools)

May 6, 2022: Atlas Hugged (When the weight of the heavens wears on you)

March 13, 2022: Whatever (On the randomness of life)

February 25, 2022: Dear Dante (Poem on the continued abuse of language)

February 9, 2022: The Third-Party Line (What can happen as Higher Ed moves more and more to third-party payers)

February 3, 2022: Wakes (The havoc people leave in their wakes)

January 22, 2022: Sonneteering (Trilogy of sonnets on a career)

January 5, 2022: The Fourth Time (Starting a COVID-infused semester for the fourth time)

December 30, 2021: 32 Years (Anniversary poem)

December 16, 2021: Red Flags (When a hire never happens)

November 18, 2021: The Emotional Tollbooth (Emotional exhaustion)

November 9, 2021: Total College Makeover (New University of Austin, egads)

October 26, 2021: There Is No Number (Quelling rumors)

October 13, 2021: Yield (Concrete poem on yields of all kinds)

October 1, 2021: Trickle (The effects of COVID on nursing shortages)

September 10, 2021: Self-Study (Individuals should be accredited)

August 19, 2021: The Vaccination Fight Song (Do you penalize or reward vaccinations at this point?)

August 4, 2021: In Flames (The Aging Firefighter) (Watching fires burn out of control)

July 26, 2021: Fault Lines (Changing Landscape of College Athletics)

July 13, 2021: Life On A Curve (Trying to support people in difficult times)

July 3, 2021: Breathtaker (On Trevor Bauer)

July 1, 2021: A Day (Remembering July 1, 2017)

June 9, 2021: Industrial Jackhammers (Academics destroying academia)

June 5, 2021: A Staycation Journal (Vacation ennui)

May 26, 2021: The Weeks I Can't Get Back (Time wasted on stupid stuff)

April 28, 2021: Hearing Disorder (Budget hearing ennui)

April 7, 2021: Sustained Notes (Maintaining creativity)

March 22, 2021: In This Time Of Submission (On significant submissions)

March 11, 2021: Perpetual Cannons (When the battles are everywhere)

February 13, 2021: Isthmus (While no man is an island, he is often an isthmus)

January 23, 2021: Social Economy (Relationships)

January 6, 2021: Capitol Capital (On insurrectionists)

December 30, 2020: Love In The Time Of Immunization (Anniversary poem)

December 17, 2020: A Coronavirus Carol (In This Time Of Hope)

November 18, 2020: My Grandpa's Tie Clip (On a family heirloom and beyond)

November 14, 2020: And I U (Digging into the past)

April 27, 2020: Wood (Reflections on 5 year anniversaries)

April 13, 2020: . . . And The Horse He Rode In On (Death returns)

April 12, 2020: Back At The Stable (Pestilence returns)

April 11, 2020: Warhorseman (War returns)

April 10, 2020: The Lost Horseman (Famine returns)

April 3, 2020: The 19th Ward (COVID and health care)

April 2, 2020: 19 Seconds (COVID and animal control)

April 1, 2020: 19 Swipes (COVID and dating)

March 31, 2020: Retired 19 Jerseys (COVID and sports)

March 30, 2020: Educated And 19 (COVID and education)

March 17, 2020: Close (To The House) (First thoughts as COVID takes over)

January 26, 2020: Coxcomb, Codpiece: The Full Motley (On wanting to play the court jester)

November 24, 2019: Artifacts & Academics: Paper (Not throwing away old lecture notes)

November 19, 2019: Sunshine (Reflections on winning and losing)

November 4, 2019: Familiar Scripts (Current state of higher ed)

October 26, 2019: Party (In honor of my sisters' birthday)

Undated: I've Been To The Top Of The Mountain (When you hit lows in life)

October 10, 2019: Gun, Gas or Grain (Reflecting on paternal history)

September 2, 2019: Cast (Final poem in trilogy on career decisions)

August 31, 2019: Boomerang (More on making career decisions)

August 21, 2019: The Hat, The Ring (On going for a promotion)

August 1, 2019: In An Unfamiliar Place (Reflections post stent-procedure on life again)

July 17, 2019: Narrower (A Story Straight From The Ticker) (More potential stents mean more reflection on life)

July 7, 2019: Trash (On watching the trash pile up around my lake)

June 6, 2019: Raise (On raising children)

June 4, 2019: Three Probes (Three probing poems)

May 18, 2019: Dodge The Bullet (Another way of saying one man's trash is another man's treasure)

May 7, 2019: Recessional (To A Setting Son) (On watching my kid graduate from my own college)

April 25, 2019: Imposter Stockholm Syndrome (Stuck in a rut)

April 7, 2019: Reflections In A Stagnant Pool (Conference reflections)

March 20, 2019: Check-Out Lines (On mortality)

March 5, 2019: The Smug, The Lying, The Clueless, The Whining (Dealing with jerks)

March 2, 2019: The Nothing Economy (Education as an economy)

February 16, 2019: Heavier (On the weight of life)

January 28, 2019: Snow Falling on Seniors (Weather challenges with dual enrolled students)

January 23, 2019: Swell (The emotional rollercoaster of lost loved ones)

January 10, 2019: Your Sin On My Tongue (Sex and sin)

December 19, 2018: Longhand: (Decrying shallowness of modern thought)

November 28, 2018: I At The Front Of Inertia (Questioning my role in inertia)

October 27, 2018: Elegy for Love (On the loss of love in society)

October 24, 2018: Your Place In Hell (On people who live off of creating discord)

October 11, 2018: It's Probably Nothing (On being contacted by person from my past)

October 7, 2018: Verbalizing (Poem on the usage of sunset as a verb)

September 16, 2018: Low Sink, Oh (When public figures bottom out)

September 12, 2018: Spiral-Bound (Holding strong in stormy social climates)

August 12, 2018: An Empty Room (On standing in my mother's still unsold home)

August 2, 2018: Clerestory (When belief becomes dangerous)

July 14, 2018 Empty The Room (When the boorish drive away any supporters)

June 29, 2018: (Something Died) (That Day) [Reflections from either a year or a year and a half later]

June 10, 2018: It's What We Do (Doing the little things to connect with others)

June 4, 2018: Truth Stalking: (On the desperation of having others see you as you see yourself)

April 22, 2018: Poltergeists, Not Poets (Ugliness of public discourse)

April 17, 2018: Campaign (Poem on power of evil)

March 26, 2018: Tilt (On going after windmills)

February 26, 2018: In Your Bed (Strange bedfellows)

February 15, 2018: Prayed Upon (School shootings)

February 7, 2018: Dear Anonymous (On spineless trolls)

January 12, 2018: Not For Public Consumption (On not being able to say what I always want to say)

November 7, 2017: Three Striking Lyrics (Separate poems written while wife was in knee surgery)

October 21, 2017: Smooth Muscle Beached (Former poem about leadership gets reassessed and revised)

August 31, 2017: Two Sheds Are Better Than One (2 poems with shed(ding)s as metaphor)

August 25, 2017: Seconds (On getting second chances in life)

August 6, 2017: A Broken Rib (A broken rib is the least to give for love)

May 8, May 12, May 21, 2017: We're Not Like Everybody Else (But, then again, Neither is Everybody Else) (Not all colleges are defined by the headlines)

March 2, 2017: My Grandfather's Chambers (Reflections on my grandfather's suicide 35 years ago)

February 15, 2017: The Wall is Down (Third of wall trilogy)

February 9, 2017: Another Brick In My Wall (Pt. II) (Second of wall trilogy)

February 1, 2017: I Do Love A Good Wall (First of wall trilogy)

November 10, 2016: A Path to Heal (Responding--or not--to the ugliness of the modern world)

October 5, 2016: A Matter of Time (Dual enrollment)

September 5, 2016: The Labor of Division (People's struggles with difficult concepts)

August 15, 2016: Ash Sunday (Spreading my parents' ashes in Glacier National Park)

June 8, 2016: We All Need Something to Stan(d)for(d) (Stanford rapist getting slap on hands)

May 22, 2016: Trails of Years (On returning to my hometown)

January 27, 2016: Progressive Dinners (Reminiscing about my parents' parties)

January 18, 2016: A Son-ography (My mother's pregnancy while she was in college)

January 12, 2016: Rebuffed (My father's challenges passing the swim test at Harvard)

January 4, 2016: Piano Center Stage (On the origins of my parents' union)

May 8, 2015: Airplane Mode (On the death of my parents)

November 18, 2014: Trashy Poetry (Faculty who don't want to empty their own trash)

July 4, 2014: Restoration (The passing of a mentor)

December 9, 2013: Don't Cite a Tweet as a Research Feat (Scholarly apper proves Tweets aren't noteworthy citations)

March 5, 2013: Choose Your College Like A Cut Of Meat (On the selling of official university/college beef)

June 1, 2012: Institutional Memory (Importance of memory)

February 19, 2012: The Lovely Dance (Difficulty of maintaining a good marriage)

January 25, 2012: A Vent-I Please (Poem of venting)

November 19, 2011: Departure and Cowardice (Confronting ugly departures)

September 12, 2011: Canine Gladiators (Dogs play fighting)

June 18, 2011: Smooth Muscle (Dedicated to my father, pharmacologist, on Father's Day)

April 26, 2011: Year Forty-Nine (Turning 49)

February 10, 2011: Univ-onics (The new language of higher education)

June 13, 2011: Swimming Against the Riptide (Combating dissonance in the workplace)

June 10, 2011: Networking (Social media and lack of connection)

December 16, 2010: Middle School Concert (Self-explanatory)

December 9, 2010: The Man Going 'Round (Evil impersonating good)

December 2, 2010: FeINar (Living in fear)

November 10, 2010: 22nd Release/3rd Offering (Kid bullying)

October 18, 2010: A Dog-Gone Sonnet (Feeling like a dog)

October 2010: Villainelle (Villian Villain)

May 26, 2010: My Doe (Watching an injured deer cross the road)

May 12, 2010: Sisyphus' Dream (Sonnet on life's difficulties)

No Date: How Cruella DeVille Recruited Gary Busey For The John Birch Society