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  237.     

Bad Hombre

Jimmy was being pulled
By a hormone
Through his turbulent adolescence.
The hormone’s name was “Bob.”
Bob was a bad hombre.
He picked fights with little pimple-faced kids
And then forced Jimmy to do all the dirty work
Throwing punches and getting kicked in the eye and so forth.
And Bob used to whisper nasty things in Jimmy’s ear
About bras and garters and quivering thighs
Jimmy got so excited
He hung out at the pool hall, drank beer and punched holes
In the cigarette machine.
And the worst thing Bob did was tell Jimmy
That he was a man.
And Jimmy spent the rest of his misguided life
Trying to prove it.


(Previously published in Pigs 'n Poets, Feb-May 2000)
 
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  238.     

Balder—

A dash of paint here, a dash of paint there

No matter if the dash be great or small

As long as the artist be

Dashing.


(Previously published in Short North Gazette, Nov. '02)
 
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  239.     

Barking Up My Tree

Don’t take me seriously, please
Take me with a grain of sandstone
A geologic sediment of inter-galactic sludge
Take my human heart and see the contradictions
Look inside my head and see the trains of thought explode
The flights of hypocrisy that cross in convolution and ignorant
Confusion

Say

Boxes that won’t open with logical keys
Oh please, don’t take me

Seriously

I am of a species that will not adhere to the rules of a literal wit

No

So just sit back and relax and enjoy the show
Admission is free with an open mind.


(Previously published in Unlikely Stories, Oct. '99)
 
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  240.     

Begin, Begat, Begone

The past infects the present
Ever present poison
Must be
Expunged
Sucked through thin
Psychic skin
Spat 'tween
Clenched teeth
Rage released
In the stillness of a pristine moment
Cleansed
Is
The soothing elixir
...of the soul.


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place for Poetry, Nov-Dec '99)
 
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