Posted by: poet kate hutchinson | October 20, 2012

“Mick and Keith at 60” Poem Recognized

The Illinois Poets & Patrons Society, a long-lasting group originating in Chicago and now centered in Downers Grove, had their annual celebration at the DG Library today, where several of us who had been recognized in their 2012 Poetry Contest shared our poems.

My good friend Margie Skelly, who provided one of the blurbs on my book cover, won 1st in the Free Verse category for her incredibly moving poem about the suicide of a friend’s son, caused by war-inflicted PTSD.  I had never heard the poem before — we were all riveted as Margie read it for us.

The 10 categories in the contest made for a wonderful program of readings, with Chicago poetry, humorous poetry, poems about social action, and formal verse, among others.

My little 8-line poem about the Rolling Stones took 2nd place in the “Miniature Poem” category, and it took me all of about 10 seconds to read it!  But the audience laughed at the end, which made me happy.  The timing of today’s reading was coincidental, as I’ve just read that a new ebook called “Mick and Keith:  Never Stop” is being released this week… and the Stones have announced yet another tour (to promote their new CD called “Grrr.”)

Here is the poem:


Mick & Keith at 60

Like punch-drunk moths

they flit and gyrate

pale beneath the spotlights

all bony hands and cratered cheeks.

Still wailing for wild horses

that ran off years ago

they remind us of who

we once were and who we will be.


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