March 2005 / Volume VI / Issue II
James Babbs
Quiet Men

I remember
those quiet men
who stayed home
never went
anywhere
with their wives
those quiet men

who never
gave anybody
any trouble
the ones
you caught a
glimpse of
sometimes
out mowing
the lawn
those quiet men
discovered
one night by
their wives
sprawled on
the bathroom floor
blood and brains
and the gun
still warm
lying
next to them
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