A Quiet Man: Someone You May Know

by

 

He’s somewhere with you in a crowd
walking along
perhaps beside you

thinking 

What the doctor gave him
turned his urine orange

If he were a braggart 

      He could startle old men in courthouse johns
      He could tell weeping women he has given them
            disease
      Believers could come to him to bathe and be
            healed 

But he is a quiet man
He will piss in pop bottles
to leave on the steps 

for your children

 

First published in Cottonwood Review’s Open House.

 

Rock City in Mid 1950s - Photo by Bernie Smetzer

Rock City in mid 1950s. Photo by Bernie Smetzer

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