The Mooch by Daniel Klawitter

It’s simple, you say.
The way numbers add up
and fall into place.

But I’ve never been much good
at this business of addition.

My I.O.U’s are just a trace
of my interest in good intentions.

You keep giving
and so I take…
that’s just a fact.

Yet make no mistake:
You may not trust my math…

But I sure as hell
know how to subtract.


Daniel Klawitter, among other things, has been an actor, a singer/lyricist for the indie folk-rock band Mining for Rain, and a union organizer for mental health care workers.  His poems have been published in numerous respectable literary journals and magazines both in the United States and in England, including: The Atonal Poetry Review, Focus, The Journal of South Texas English Studies, QuietMountain: New Feminist Essays, and Shot Glass Journal.   A member of the Colorado Poets Center, he has also published two poetry chapbooks, Runaway Muse and An Epistemology Of Flesh, available on (

Bay Laurel  /  Volume 2, Issue 3  /  Autumn 2013