The Gas Station (1992)…

The first poem I ever wrote. I was 22 and had it published in a book. Not realizing at the time that it was essentially a pyramid scheme. But, at the time it still felt good to be published.

The Gas Station

( An Allegorical Poem about Teenage Drinking Parties)

I’ve gone to the Gas Station once before.

Although many cars surrounded me, I only knew the attendant, but he had off.

As the cars began to fill up, I felt out of place.

Some guzzled.

Some missed the tank.

I sat alone, and felt alone.

A new Gas Station has opened and once again, I know the attendant.

I don’t want any gas.

I don’t want to pay for it.

Although I feel honored to go to the Gas Station, I don’t want to be there.

I won’t feel alone, just empty.


Published by mattsnyder1970

Matt Snyder has been making a dent in the creative community in North Eastern Pennsylvania since 1988. He’s been involved in showcasing his art in Exhibits in area Galleries & Spaces as well as online. Mr. Snyder is a real renaissance man. He doesn’t just dabble in the fine arts but has been known to grace the following kinds of things with his presence: Live Sound Mixing, Radio Production, Television Production, Short Films(Acting/Editing/Writing/Directing), Animations, Costume Character Performance, Dance, Music, Djembe Drumming, Theater (Writing/Acting/Directing/Props Management/Stage Management), Self Published Comics & Zines, Written & Slammed Performance Poetry, Sculpting Animal Figurines, Designing Tee Shirts, Photography Film & Digital, Painting (Acrylics), Drawing (Pen & Ink, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Sharpies, Crayons), Mixed Media, Collage, Paper Art, The Brooklyn Art Library & The Sketchbook Project, Blue Turtle ComiX, Just an Average Day Comic, Toxic Shock & Other Abnormalities of the Inner Being Zine as well as the culinary arts. His passion is the arts, his life is as a married humanitarian bisexual politically unaffiliated pacifist working as a Digital Preservation Archivist since 1999. Matt currently resides in an apartment with his equally creative wife of 7 years ,Jess and their cat Nigel.

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