Tuesday, April 19, 2016

G. Louis Heath- A Poem

G. Louis Heath, Ph.D., Berkeley, 1969, teaches at Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. He enjoys reading his poems at open mics. He often hikes along the Mississippi River, stopping to work on a poem he pulls from his back pocket, weather permitting. His books include Mutiny Does Not Happen Lightly, Long Dark River Casino and Vandals In The Bomb Factory. His most recent poems have been published in Poppy Road Review, Writing Raw, Inkstain Press, Verse-Virtual, and Squawk Back. He can be contacted at gheathorov@gmail.com

Even On The Gallows
you cannot have your say.
Spit at the black hood,
he’ll take you down,
torture you with tongs,
tweak you with hot coals,
adjust your back on a rack,
run a mouse up an orifice,
probably fundamental.

So, it’s fundamentally a good
idea not to spit at the black
hood. You’ve got to think of
your wife, kids, and kin.

Keep your saliva to yourself
as your throat rattles death.
Swallow it with your last breath.

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