Two Poems by Steven M. Sloan

Sour To My Taste

When lingering over my past’s cup
Of deep draughts to partake,
The quaffing of old sorrows
Brought changes with self-hate.
But, “what ifs” and “might have beens,”
Life’s pities and mistakes,
Are for some a pleasant world
To view and contemplate.
Such believe there’s no free-will:
Man as tool of fate –
A conceit designed to quell their souls’
Anguish and heartache.
Hence, “what ifs” and “might have beens,”
The pities and mistakes,
Become for them a staff in life,
And complacency a mate.
Yet I believe I hold the sway
My future’s form to state,
Because I see the “might have beens”
As goads to alter fate.


In the dimmest long ago
Lie touchstones of my past:
Actions, styles, and ardor’s glow
Fixed in my memory fast –
For fresh-faces I did know
And shadows I once cast
Live so long as decades flow
From now into the past –
Where I know I too will go.
This life flies by all-too-fast . . .
A pity even so . . .
For mortal minds, how’er so vast,
Must flee with life, and cannot last.

About Steven M. Sloan

Prof. Steven M. Sloan is a scholar, teacher, and poet who has been widely anthologized, as well as widely published in poetry magazines, journals, and newspapers. He is a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin – Whitewater (where he was a member of the Editorial Board for its poetry publication: The Muse), and is also a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin – Madison. he has done many different jobs including college prof., factory worker, swimming instructor & lifeguard, as well as working in cancer research. He is the author of Multiple books or pamphlets of poetry & remains committed to the art. The editor of Columbia Publications has said of him that he is, “a talented poet” whose work, “touches upon many topics and emotions,” and that, “his imagery is characteristically spectacular, as well as thought evoking (Lana M. Wegeng, Editor).” Dana Minor, Editor of the poetry journal: Sublime Odyssey, has said that, “Sloan has a definite capacity for ringing phrases.” Ester Cameron, Editor of The Deronda Review, & The Neovictorian, has said that at their best his lyrics, “have almost a 17th century quality, like Lovelace, Herrick, or Suckling.” He currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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