• Gary Hunter

Duty in a Name - Sept. 14, 2021

with a last name like Hunter

comes the push of an obligation

to provide a steady supply of

in my case poems


whether killed and skinned at the

regular hunting grounds or

arrowed on my way to have fun

snared after leaving Disneyland

or caught diving under my pillow

I feel compelled to collect them


the ones injured from a bad joke

crushed by the X of a pen

or found lying in a drawer

I will pocket then lay

out in a quiet place


check for a pulse

then try every salve and bandage

pull out my best bedside manner

to get them well enough to

stand and walk free


strange isn’t it

for poets to show mercy

to some phrases and

use others as basketballs

for the trash can

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