January 1998 / Volume One / Issue One
Michael Bosau
mom
always warned me
against the horses
           said grampa couldn't
           stop

that was the
lesser of her dad's
vices
the other was
his ability
to get a chapped ass
from all the bar stools
            that's what finally got 'im
            (liver just had enough)

I was in the
room the moment he
exhaled for that
final time

and everyone
says
his soul went
          straight
                   for me

now
I've never cared much
for horses

but everyone
says
his soul went
          straight
                   for me

I just hope my liver can take it
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