before I ever went and saw the desert

jack c. buck

 

 

            I was in a library researching alternative ways

to the business of self-understanding,

studying up on the ways of eastern philosophy

        

            Reading the moving clouds                                          across the plains

 

            Later on, only to find that most of them writing the books

died from some avoidable bad habit they never bothered mentioning

            “Yeah, he was kind of a jerk. To be honest,” a friend would say

 

That was sorta a good time to be living in America

 

            For the most part

Despite all that’s been going on for all this time

Even today

 

             Really what do you expect

What year is it

Are we now the ones knowing

 

            We know a little bit more now than then

Not much

 

 

 


Jack C. Buck lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado. He thanks you for reading his work. 

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