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  121.     

Elusive

For every *drop* of truth
there is a bucketful of fiction.


(Previously published in Spilled Ink, July 2000.)
 
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  122.     

Elvis

The King died
Some many years ago today
I didn’t know him very well
But a lot of people did
You can hear them now
Crying in the chapel
They’re all shook up
Loving you
And that old Kentucky rain
Falls silently now
In the Ghetto.

No
Don’t think I mock
His music and our very lives
Are
Intertwined
Sometimes indistinguishable one from the other
A tribute, rather,
I give this vagabond Prince
Who touched a generation
And left them weeping.

And singing.


(Previously published in Lynx Eye, Spring '99, Vol. VI, No.2)
 
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  123.     

Entrenched

In the trenches we wait
Rain pouring down
Our mud-soaked uniforms
Pasted to our bones

We wait

Puff on a cigarette
A deck of cards
A broken box
And a tin can meal

We wait

Passing the time
The bullets fly overhead
Occasionally
And sometimes we hear
The screaming
But most of the time
We block it out of our minds

And wait

Sleeping where we stand
Until someone gives the order
And it’s our turn to die.


(Previously published in The Hold, June 2003)
 
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  124.     

Equal Opportunity Knocks

Standing at the bottom of a huge cylindrical room
Surrounded by doors
All locked
Two chaps considered the situation.

The first summoned his considerable energies
Knocking and pounding with intrepid voice
Raising a clamor to fright Beelzebub, but alas, to no avail.
Spent, he collapsed, eyes closed, exhausted.

The second reached gingerly into his vest
Pulled out a wad of crisp new bills
And slipping one under the nearest door
Waited calmly as it opened.

He passed through quickly and bolted the lock behind him
Precisely so the poor fellow
Stranded on the floor
Would be none the wiser when he woke up.


(Previously published in CER*BER*US, XXXVII, Jan 2000)
 
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