BLASPHEMIES or ADVICE TO YOUNG COWBOYS

 

We may blame the invisible
deities, the almighty powers
we can’t see work

against us—toying with
what makes us tick
to urgent clocks.

And we may find relief
damning them
with metaphors, similes

and alliterative profanity
as if the gods were deaf
to rehearsed poetry.

But the sagest save energy
turning blasphemies loose
just under their breath.

 

2 responses to “BLASPHEMIES or ADVICE TO YOUNG COWBOYS

  1. I never heard my father swear but I think I saw him mutter under his breath the day a fencing wire snapped and tore a gash across his arm.

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    • Two lucky men. I think my father believed that his profane outbursts were healthy venting for his heart. Emulating him early on, it has taken a lifetime to learn to whisper.

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