Simple Subtraction

This is how we slowly
lose everything
either we misplace
a book or the memory
of a face or we
forget to call
for days and years
on end
or just maybe
we even forget
we were once
a baby
and then someone
has to remind us
to listen
to a complaint
or a compliment
and finally we shed
thoughts of the dead
and no longer smile
when we think
of a toast
that was made
when former friends
were wed
and just when
we think
we have found happiness
it turns out to be
all in our head

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. Read Ivan’s novels How to Marry a Superstar and Billie Girl on Wattpad. Ivan’s website is:

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