September 20, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Brian Wertheim photo



Grant Guy




my politics



my politics

i try to live my politics

in my heart &


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 &


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




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




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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