Gimpel by Gaslight

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes:
but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

–Proverbs 21:2

Life is won by those
who swear forsooth
declare what’s truth
and back it up
with a steady eye
and firm right hook.
They never lie,
because the evidence
is in the fist.

The more subtle way
starts with furtive glance,
then never blinks,
never concedes
what you thought
it said, demurs
at dissent, dissembles,
perhaps to self
as well,
stares so long
the challenger folds.

It is as you say
in every way.
Since I think I’m right
I must be wrong,
as the scripture holds.

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2 thoughts on “Gimpel by Gaslight

  1. Egg on Their Faces

    “pondering the hearts”
    of their plodding ways
    these men of clay
    dismay
    for are they not
    just roosters
    dipping
    and rolling
    bobbing
    and strutting
    crowing
    and rutting
    grieving
    and crying

    pity the God
    who must be
    a judge of Kings
    pretending
    to the thrones
    of chickens

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