• Gary Hunter

Like Everyone Else - July 23, 2021

twenty years ago failed spirituality

forced me into a new world

your world of day-to-day pain

seductive pleasures earthly joys

secrets shivering at the light’s edge

everything I tried to keep at bay


no longer exiled to the higher

ground of spiritual seeking

I learned to pursue new appetites

expand my fear of death

grip what appears to be solid and secure

and have compassion for most things that bleed


if ever we meet

I’ll show you my cool new walk

high-swinging arms

hair neatly combed

and a well-practiced

garfy smile

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