Achoo moment
— a poem by Ivan Jenson

for most
the epiphany
comes too late
and for others
it is delivered
and far too raw
to swallow
and then for
most it arrives
gaudily dressed
in peacock colors
with a mariachi
band and a twenty
foot banner which
spells out exactly
the blazing, brazen
fact that this moment
above all others
should be celebrated
for the mere
fact that it is sandwiched
by half-baked loafs
of past and future
and salt and peppered
by joy and pain
and many are so
startled by this
practical joke
of a truth
that they
fail to
seize the day
and instead
the revelation
in a magnificent
bacterial spray


Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and Halo Mad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson's debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel, a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon.