Sireniacal Gentleman #2

end of the trail

the bad news builds
and someone i love
a lion from my life
has passed away
and for a moment
i am stunned—
what’s with this month?
for christ’s sake, back away—
but then my second child
grown woman made weak by daddy’s sadness
seeks to cure me with
i giggle like a demented buddha
bring on armageddon, chicken-shitzas,
i will beat you with your own chocolate
meanwhile, my buddy Jack lights his pipe
and the Mermaid settles down to
listen to a real man tell a story

—Don Whittington

montana breed


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