David Lohrey/WRITINGS, MUSINGS, POETRY
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Why do some prefer today to tomorrow?
They have a curiosity for what’s happening,
like a cub reporter,
But no interest in tomorrow.
They are indifferent to the future.
Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Rambo and others,
Gloried in being he-men. They saw themselves so.
They declared themselves dedicated to what’s true,
Or to “the truth,” as they called it,
but settled for masculine fairy-tales.
All of them wanted to be punching bags.
They were into jock straps and making an impression.
They liked to push other people around and, if necessary,
Give their woman a fat lip.
Looking back now, it’s not very impressive.
Norman Rockwell was a bully, too.
Why weren’t they bored by the dreams of little boys?
At some point, and I know women who would…
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