Please excuse young Adam

Please excuse young Adam for his absence yesterday
his daddy made him stay inside, his daddy made him play
his outlaw daddy sat him down and filled his head with bees
so there was no more room, y’understand, for abcs
on mountaintops they cannot edit stars in purple skies
on beaches crabs are unimpressed by institutional lies
religious views and politics can’t crawl into the stones
the clabber-heads can’t comprehend the mystery of bones
young Adam had to learn some things you cats don’t want to teach
that clocks don’t run on whimsy, that you can’t persuade a peach
that the harder it is to make a thing, the easier to break it
that love is where you find it, that life is what you make it
that they’re lying to you, usually, and if they aren’t they’re wrong
that they will surely take you out if you cannot stay strong
so please excuse young Adam for his absence yesterday
his daddy made him dangerous; he hopes he stays that way.

—Don Whittington

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