Lent – Twenty` one

Moth Motherwell, family Abstract Expressionism, painting, framed ... www.flickr.com

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There are always two of us
that greet you in an encounter
The sentimental twin you see
The belligerent twin you sense
Like the ancients Jacob & Esau
we steer by different compasses
By subtle disguise Jacob suggests
By bold sincerity Esau pronounces
Unlike them we share a common host
Our competitions are deathly duels that
I should be either sinner OR saint
since being both is so self-inhibiting!
How can I give when he grasps?
How can I love when he lusts?
Even as I pray for her salvation
he fantasizes of her form & flower
The wine I buy for Sunday’s sacrament
he drinks to the dregs on Saturday night
Oh, that it were only that simple
I were the good and he were the evil
For suddenly he finds himself praying
And I lose my nobler self in amber ice
not to awaken from stupor for three days
during which time he has ignited a revival
The oddest thing is that we like each other
Sleep in the same bed with each other
Share the same shower shampoo towel
   He shaves my beard
   If I get nicked he bleeds
I met a Man yesterday down at the Water
He looked me directly in the eye and said
   You lucky boys!
   You’ve got it all!
There’s coyote blood in there I’ll bet

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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