Jefferson Carter


The Oral Tradition


THE ORAL TRADITION
for Steve


Sometimes, in conversation,
he’ll look away & say
I don’t want to talk about it.
I respect that. I really do
but like some nosey Homeric hero
I can feel the words piling up
behind my teeth’s barrier:
tell me, godammit! Tell me
everything so we can be friends!
I like to imagine the real
oral tradition, those epic heroes
all sitting around the cook fires,
gossiping, trading recipes, even
consoling one another as they
mend the horsehair plumes,
the helmets heavy in their laps.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Topic of this poem: war


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  • Rookie - 187 Points Paul Butters (5/27/2014 6:28:00 AM)

    They say MEN are especially prone to bottle things up, sometimes for a lifetime. With texts, emails and Facebook Messages they can now take an easier way out... Even dumping girlfriends by text. Yes the old ways were better, and the Ancient ways better still. Oh and I'm glad you don't g for rhyme etc. too much. (Report) Reply

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