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  69.     

Cowboy Balladier (haiku)

Cowboy balladier
Memories rising like smoke
Sad songs, fire and stars
 
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  70.     

Deuces Wild

It was all or nothing.

All the cards were on the table.
No aces up the sleeve.

Fate sat patient in the corner
Sipping an ice cold draft of beer
And the one-eyed dealer
Cocked his wrist and fired—
A single lifetime from the deck.

It landed square in front of him.
Deuces wild.

And the only question was
Would he hold or fold?


(Previously published in The Horsethief's Journal, Issue 6, Dec 1999)
 
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  71.     

Don't Interfere

The poem is its own master
I obey

Commands I barely understand
Preparing the way
For some deeper revelation:

A -drop- of water
That feeds the root of the tree.


(Previously published in Boloji, Apr 2003)
 
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  72.     

Eight-Year-Old, Learning to Skate

Bully had a name
But I've forgotten
1966 too long ago

Remember what he did
Pushed me on the ice
For no apparent reason

Chattering words of contempt
He wanting to fight but
I just walked away

Couldn't see any point
Thinking what's wrong with him
Needing to hurt a stranger

Limped my way home
A knock on the door
Two girls from school had seen it all

Was I ok?
Can we get you anything?
You were so brave!

That's when I learned
The macho thing
Was not really so attractive.


(Previously published in Three Smiles, Fall 2000)
 
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