The Vagaries

By Eric Greinke

Some men stand

around a burn barrel

while others pose

by a massive stone mantle.

They all enter & leave

through heaven’s gate

though for some men

the gates of hell

are always ajar.

Some men stand so close

to the screen

that they can’t tell

what movie they’re in,

or the difference

between hero & villain.

Even their naked bodies

bear the imprint

of their outfits

& their haircuts

signify their social sets.

Some men bet on horses

while others eat horse meat.




Eric Greinke‘s most recent books are Poets In Review and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems (with Glenna Luschei).   His collaborative poem, Lone Bones (from Zen Duende, published originally in Forge 9.2), has received a 2017 Pushcart Prize. His work has been published in The Aurorean, California Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Ginyu (Japan), The Green Door (Belgium), The Hurricane Review, The Journal (UK), Main Street Rag, New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poem, Prosopisia (India), Schuylkill Valley Journal, The South Carolina Review, The University of Tampa Review, and many others.

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