Regular Poem: It’s a Good Thing

8 Oct

it’s a good thing
i work out every day
or
i wouldn’t have the physical strength
it’s a good thing
i work the job i do
or
i wouldn’t have the stamina
it’s a good thing i’m a christian
or
i wouldn’t have the patience
it’s a good
thing
it’s
a good thing

“i’m going to tell you
something
i haven’t told anybody
i haven’t told you
i might cry”

and he starts in
with a story i’ve heard
a million times
the same way
even

“she was the love
of my life
what happened
what happened”

it’s a good thing
there’s beer
it’s a good thing
i’m me and
not someone else

i haven’t heard
it
in years
but it comes back to me
muscle memory
and always the beer
and tears

(i think later of
the dead blackbird
in my driveway that morning
omens
portents
of drunk old men
fallen
in the bathroom)

and he starts in
but he cuts out
and then it’s just stories

“we just had revolvers then”
“what the hell was that guy’s name”
all the same old same old
with red teary bleary eyes

and i’m there and not
it’s a good thing
i love him
it’s a good thing
i prayed beforehand
it’s a good thing
i show up
every time
it’s
a good lot of things

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2 Responses to “Regular Poem: It’s a Good Thing”

  1. Silver Screenings 8 October 2015 at 5:17 PM #

    Wonderful. This almost made me cry…

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