Everybody writes about you,
even me. I told you about
my hedges: they’re

How does a privileged white boy
who doesn’t even drink
relate to you
as a person?

I don’t. Acne was no problem.
I played Romeo onstage
and scored with chicks.

What I liked was your writing;
it freed me to go
where every high school teacher
feared to tread.
So I went.

Here’s to you, Buk.
Lemon Sour Diesel
straight from Mendo.


Image credit:Pereanu Sebastian

Lance Jencks has been writing poetry for fifty years. In the 1970s he earned an MFA in Playwriting and a PhD in Contemporary Theatre. In the 1980s he published his verse-based roman á clef, "The Wisdom of Southern California," then toured that region with a one-man show of the same name. Lance has been an advertising copywriter, a stock-and-bond broker, and the guy who hooks your car to the chain at the car wash. He lives today in Newport Beach, California, where he was recently featured in the epic bodysurfing movie "Dirty Old Wedge" on Amazon.