Poem: Cantankerous

Cantankerous MisanthropeWould it be a sin to call him what he is? The misanthropy ooozes from his soul

Like churro grease from the pores on your nose after a day

Spent at the carnival, where

Nineteen bucks will get you a $1.49 plush toy and an affirmation of your manhood.

You can smell the bitterness, just as dogs can determine identity from a million shades of urine.

(Or as an oeneologist — or pretentious fool — can discern the difference

Between an ’82 and an ’83 Pomerol.)

You can see it, too. Mostly

In the downward scowl and narrowing eyes, which squint

Even when the sun fails to shine.

He is what you fear. Harmless, irrelevant, forgotten.

But in the now, while he’s still around to make an impact,

However feeble,

The meanness radiates in a penumbra of discontent,

Infecting no one, tainting all.

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