Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Expatriation - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

It was no use.Same old shit.
The trap was, just like last time
all set to grab, to ruin things.
He had fallen that one time
and, when they found him
all bets were off, forever, finito.

But then, when the machinery,
the budget-driven county awoke,
he had absconded, could not
no matter what, be found.

Today, he sits on a tall stool
in what they call the Gringo Bar,
in hot and fucking dusty Nogales.
Not one of them has pried the secret
about the greenback stash from him.

He loves his life within the family
of people, compadres, down to earth.
And wonders if the day will come
when someone adds a bit too much
of special sauce that kills the tongue, senor.


Comments about Expatriation by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (10/29/2005 7:03:00 PM)


    WE'LL NEVER KNOW WETHER HE PULLED IT OFF OR NOT BUT I LOVE FELLOWS WHO SIT IN BARS TO ME IT IS A MEASURE OF SUCCESS WITH THE PRICE OF GAS AND BEER AT THE MOMENT

    WARM REGARDS ALLAN
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  • (10/29/2005 10:05:00 AM)


    a gritty tale
    with good spice
    and truth
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  • (10/29/2005 9:21:00 AM)


    Well Herbert, how does a doctor down under know about a hot and dusty place called Nogales? I loved especially the last stanza. You captured the life of a guy who pulled it off.

    Raynette
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  • (10/29/2005 9:06:00 AM)


    Living on the lam huh? Nice write! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 29, 2005



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