a good talking to

a man sees his reflection
in the still water

this is how you look
to others

a fish jumps

this is how you look
when you talk

to yourself
you crazy motherfucker



a man takes himself out
behind the woodshed

cuts a switch
from the peach tree

that he planted
to attract the girls

& shouts, so you think
you are so smart


a good what for

a man opens the refrigerator
grabs a beer

he is hungry
hops & barley are food enough

there are tools in the garage
he understands better than himself

& a good what for
begins with a hammer

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Many poems published in many small presses. One book, working on another. Catholic school boy, military veteran, ex-con. May get out of this life with my appendix and tonsils intact, without having to be catharized. Wish me luck.