David McGimpsey

18 Aug

Salut Strange People

Salut strange people who can’t walk away
after they destroy your life. They come back,
usually wearing the same clothes as before,
but maybe fatter (fries) or thinner (coke).

Then they are in front of you, pretending
you never heard how they once called you
“a cross between a mule and an uglier mule”
and things much less comical than that.

You can’t believe their patience. They walk on
like giggling McArthurs. Their return
inevitable as a typewriter carriage,
impervious to seasons or resolution.

You collect the insights of an entomologist
who knows, somehow, without the louse,
the sunflower seed crop would fail, you cry
felix culpa you strange people / lousy louses.


Illustration by David Barlow-Krelina

DAVID MCGIMPSEY is a poet, editor, sportswriter, and Concordia Creative Writing and English professor. He writes “The Sandwhich of the Month” column for En/Route magazine.


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