The rum punch

What you can do
if you can
is get through this
as a man.

Easier than it sounds when the ground’s
always opening up to swallow you
and you
want people to follow you?
you must be joking.

if you look good you’ll do good
and I could believe what I’ve read,
if I sat with a bucket on my head
I really could believe it.

But we do as we do or
we don’t
and more often than not
we shoot the messenger
because we don’t like the message
just don’t like the messenger.

What bothers me is
what part of art and I
wonder where do I start
to paint the

© 2016, John Smallshaw.