Monday, February 29, 2016

2 poems

by chuck leary

illustrations by palomine studios

harold and rufus

harold stood on the corner
the light would not turn green
his dog rufus was beside him
his collar was shiny and clean

how many long hours
had harold stood on this spot?
he tried so hard to remember
but he could not

was red alive and green dead?
or the other way around?
the cars went by forever
but he did not hear a sound

rufus remained as faithful
as he had ever been
through rain and snow and lightning
his collar was shiny and clean

harold looked across the street
to fate he would not yield
red would not last forever
green would be revealed


the sky was blue
the earth was brown
a breeze passed through
the little town

one cloud was white
one cloud was pink
walter thought
i need a drink

i need a drink
and then another
the sky is my sister
and the earth my brother

in fifteen minutes
i must leave this bar
and try to sell
a human a car

o what did i do
to deserve this fate
my dreams were early
and my crimes were late

today is just
another day
just one more drink
and i will be on my way

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