Truth and Consequence

Sometimes the heavy hammer has to fall
Before a stubborn bastard bends his knees
With sudden understanding that disease
Is something grit and balls cannot forestall.

A woman has the right to change her mind
About with whom or whether she’ll have sex,
But rarely will she have it with her ex,
Unless her long-term goals are redefined.

Exuding sweat, he fidgeted and stammered,
His nervousness impossible to hide,
Whenever he would take a seat beside
That pretty girl of whom he was enamored.

It isn’t any wonder that the brain
Goes chugging down the same old narrow track,
And sadly there’s no way of going back:
Round trips are not permitted on this train.

If you’re the smartest person in the room,
Then make the others there believe they’re smarter,
For otherwise it’s infinitely harder
To lead them toward conclusions you presume.





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C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Over the past eight years, hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and India. He is inordinately fond of single malt Scotch whisky.