Poetry

September 20, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Brian Wertheim photo

 

By

Grant Guy

 

 

 

my politics

 

 

my politics

i try to live my politics

in my heart &

soul

get it out of my head

where it is impotent

 

my politics

are my politics

&

they will step aside

to allow human dignity

march ahead of all politics

 

my politics

are not an institution

it never demands obedience

 

b/c my politics

lives in my heart &

soul

not in the head

not dead

not impotent to life

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Step

 

 

On the road to Florida

Coffee in Alabama

Stella’s Cafe and Pastries

 

Clarence is having coffee with his buddies

Travis

Steve

Dana

They are all around 65   all white

They are discussing the price of peanuts and soy beans

Last year’s worst hurricane season

And Steve’s new great-granddaughter

 

Cole enters

He waves at Clarence

Clarence calls him over

They shake hands

Cole shakes hands with Travis Steve and Dana

Kind and friendly words are exchanged

They asked about the well-being of each other’s wife

Cole is sorry to hear about Dana’s wife cancer operation bowels

 

Clarence and Cole bid each other good day

 

Cole joins his buddies on the other side of the cafe

Malcolm

Carmen

Ashberry

They are all around 65   all black

 

Mark Twain was right

The Civil War and Huck failed to take the final necessary step

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Guy

Grant Guy is a Canadian poet, writer and playwright. He has over one hundred poems and short stories published in internationally. He has three books published: Open FragmentsOn the Bright Side of Down and Bus Stop Bus Stop. His plays include an adaptation of Paradise Lost and the Grand Inquisitor. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC Making A Difference Award.

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