Dyslexic Postmen

By TropicalSnowstorm

We sit and talk about nonsense and the
Battle of Britain again, because it's easier
than talking about the things we feel.

"I think my Mom must have
smoked when she was pregnant.
She always says she didn't, but
I don't believe her. I got fucked,"
John says as he lights another Marlboro.

I say, "Imagine if the Bushmen
had conquered most of the ancient
world, then maybe scientific terms
like 'aorta' would be 'click-click-cluck.'"

Outside we hear more shouts and it's not
clear if they're benign or menacing, the
past few days it's been a bit hard to tell.
I kind of wish I had someone to call back
home, but they'd either get too worried or
ask stupid questions, so it's better this way.

"Did you kill anyone?"

"Did you see anyone get shot?"

"Are you packing heat?"

Nick yawns and starts talking about how
dolphins have been known to drown porpoises,
so they're not as cuddly as people think.
Leigh thinks they taste good in canned tuna
and that it tastes like shit since they've gone
"dolphin free" - so now he only buys Japanese.

"Thank God England bailed you out
there, mate," says Leigh. "As usual...
you guys have all the gear and no idear."

"Right, just like at Dunkirk. What would
we have done without you?" I reply.

We still can't tell if the shouts have
anything to do with us, but no one seems
to care anymore - we'll know soon enough.

-- Steve McKennon
3/29/04

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Copyright 2004 TropicalSnowstorm
Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2004.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Alchemist On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, Alchemist (848)By person wrote:

    This is another everyday event in your life that you give political power to. Beautiful, deep and even funny at times.

  • PoetessDarkly On Sunday, December 16, 2012, PoetessDarkly (985)By person wrote:

    wonderful pen.

  • sixsixnine On Saturday, May 22, 2004, sixsixnine (492)By person wrote:

    tropical snowstorm man i know you from last year & these new piece is ATOMIC SHIT! love your work * old friend 669 *

  • apophenia On Sunday, April 11, 2004, apophenia (40)By person wrote:

    ah, black comedy, a hand raised to shadow the stark contrast beneath ... keep that cold mask of intelligence as the guillotine rides closer ... tongue in cheek, laying back as the world goes to hell ...

  • sulkylime On Wednesday, March 31, 2004, sulkylime (207)By person wrote:

    glee! this is the kind of writing i like mucho.. -> great sense of humor +depth too

  • sulkylime On Wednesday, March 31, 2004, sulkylime (207)By person wrote:

    and plus the fact that just by reading your writing.. you as a person seem very.... interesting.. mmm (gets out magnifying glass to examine)

  • KittyStryker On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, KittyStryker (738)By person wrote:

    i feel like a voyeur. i like it. ^_^

  • A former member wrote: As always you've managed to take simplicity and spin it into a web worth getting stuck in. It's amazing how even in the worst conditions and positions we still find idle time on our hands

  • A former member wrote: and humor really is a wonderful comfort net. This was great. ~Ship!

  • capt_funguy On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, capt_funguy (811)By person wrote:

    all the gear , and no idear ... lol ... thats fantastic .. enjoyed being a fly on the wall to this dialogue .... far away moment ... very cool ... funguy

  • manywalks On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, manywalks (782)By person wrote:

    Uh-oh! The Shrub doesn't like it when someone mocks him. As always, I tip my hat to you. ~ mw

  • flying_fox On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, flying_fox (614)By person wrote:

    wow...amazing write. Cracked up at the Bushmen stanza...then was pulled into the intensity of what's really happening. A really engrossing write. Fox

  • purr_verse On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, purr_verse (1068)By person wrote:

    Must second this: i had exactly the same reaction. Truly thought-provoking, three-dimensional, intelligent work. excellent.

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