Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 04/27/20

tough guy poets

it’s kind of an oxymoron
poets are supposed to be sensitive
you see it all the time
men in their turtlenecks and suit jackets
men in hats and designer T’s
standing before a mic
men who were the boys in high school
who were always in their head
what is life
what is love
is there a god
trying to impress the girls
with their sensitivity
maybe meet a soul mate
they can settle down with
and spend the rest of their lives
contemplating the mystery and wonderment
of the universe
but tough guy poets
don’t give a shit about all that
they’d rather go out drinking
than stay at home
they’d rather fuck than make love
they curse god on a regular basis
and all they hear from him is silence
their poetry is their life
the blood they bleed after a bar fight
the tears they refuse to shed
even though they weep inside daily
it is in their sweat
the sweat of addiction
the sweat of denial
the sweat of not knowing what the fuck
this life is all about
but willing to do the hard work
the sometimes unbearable work
to see it through
they’ve stared into the abyss for so long
their eyes are haunted by shadows
their soul is blackened by sulfur
tough guy poets are the cast outs
the cast-offs
the one foot in the grave
the other whistling past the graveyard
as demons call out their name
tough guy poets are so down on their luck
all they have are their words
to spit and hurl
to make someone stop in their tracks
to look
and listen
because tough guy poets
just want to be seen
they just want to be heard
they just want to be recognized as human
once again

©2020 Kurt Newton All rights reserved.

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Kurt Newton’s poetry has appeared in Horror Sleaze Trash, In Between Hangovers and Alien Buddha Zine. His latest poetry collection, Nazi Swastika Bikini Wax Illuminati, was published in August of 2019 by Alien Buddha Press.

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