Good for You

The sad truth about
is that it does not tell
the whole story
there is no follow-up
to see if the recipient
has maintained their
quota of endorphins
or whether the butterflies
in their stomach have
flown out their mouths
as they sleep off
that night of a thousand stars
a couple of dive bars
some french fries
and french kissing in
convertible cars…
What about the following
Monday morning
when they
clock in at the factory
that manufactures
the assembly line of days
the nuts and bolts
and occasional
electric jolts
of broken heart parts
who is there
with the questionnaire
to learn
their long-term
status quo
and check if they
still have joy
yes or no?

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview, and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmusuem, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden. Ivan’s painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Ivan’s poetry is widely published (with over 600 poems published in the US, the UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan’s poetry was recently published by Hen House Press, titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover. Ivan’s new novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle, has been released by Michelkin Publishing. His website is

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