July 6, 2022

A Poem and Commentary

by W. D. Ehrhart Guns Again we pass that field green artillery piece squatting by the Legion Post on Chelten Avenue, its ugly little pointed snout ranged against my daughter’s school. “Did you ever us a gun like that?” my daughter asks, and I say, “No, but others did. I used a smaller gun. A […]

The A’s Have It

In Anchorage, Alaska, the ack-ack gunsdowned an Air America aeroplaneover the Austrian Alps, a lucky shot,but A-okay in anybody’s book of aces,worth a double credit A in any courseat any college in the academic world.Alabama’s Auburn University for instance.Nevertheless, army ants and angry aardvarksasked, “Whatever happened to that all-American astronaut named Armstrong?”“As if they care,” […]

In the Midst of the Peaceable Kingdom

George School                                                                                                 (long ago, but still                                                                                                  not long enough) My memories of that placeare mostly anything but good.An oxymoron: Quaker institution.All the right—the righteous—words,a piece of the Peaceable Kingdom,but just another institution in the end:hypocritical, duplicitous, all smiles.“Speak truth to power,” but we don’tmean us; we’re not the ones we mean.Just eat the shit we feed […]