Life... is not all bad, but it is not all good, it is not all ugly, but it is not all beautiful... It is savage, cruel, kind, noble, passionate, selfish, generous, stupid, ugly, beautiful, painful, joyous --  it is all these, and more...

-Thomas Wolfe

Speech Class

Speech Class

I was born by the seashore

On a Sunday

In December

 

I was born by the seashore

On a Sunday

In December

 

My father was a sailor

And curse like one too

My mother was a sinner

So nothing is taboo

 

Once, I fancied myself a scientist

But no more so than you

Or you

We both explore this world

In our own ways

How we so choose

 

I said -

Stephen!

May I write poetry in your presence

He said yes

Buy why

I’m just a guy

Cleaning tubes

With methanol

 

I looked around the lab

My fingers started typing

Stephen!

He’s just a guy

Cleaning tubes

But who am I

 

I was born by the seashore

On a Sunday

In December

To a sailer

And a sinner

So I swear

 

Monster Slayers

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