David Whalen

Gold Star - 5,080 Points (5/18/38 / Covington Kentucky)

We All Lie...All Day Long - Poem by David Whalen

“Good morning! ! ”
(But it’s not,
It’s cold and windy)

“How ya doin’? ”
(as if I could really give
a rat’s rear end)

“Oh I’m doin’ just great and you? ”
(Please, puleeze,
don’t tell me!)

Have a seat, I’ll buy you a coffee!
(he always sits… and
I always buy)

Wanna read part of my paper?
(No! No! Don’t take the crossword…
…He does)

“How’s my health? Couldn’t feel better! ”
(There’s not a part of my body
That doesn’t hurt like hell!)

“How about that Ben Laden? ” he asks
(he’s dead, I’m glad, and
I’m tired of hearing his name)

“Gotta busy day ahead of you? ” he asks
(yeah right! Outta work, outta cash, outta sight,
outta mind! And runnin’ outta patience)

“Yeah, I always stay busy”
(and this is likely to be
The busiest part of my day!)

“Ya think we’re gonna whip those Taliban? ”
“Yep” I reply. (after another trillion dollars
And a few thousand more young boys die!)

“Well I’m afraid I messed up your crossword” he says
“No problem ol’ buddy” I say
(you ornery ol’ bastard, bumbling, sumbitch!)

“Hey ya reckon we’re gonna whip those Taliban? ”
“Yep” I reply (while thinking
if he asks that one more time, he’s gonna die)


“Well gotta be goin. See ya tomorrow ol buddy, take care! ” says he
and you know…when I sit down in this booth tomorrow
I’ll really miss him… if that pain in the ass is not there…

(And Ya know? That’s no lie!)


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 19, 2011


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