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.