I strike my ball with malice
“I’ll hit into ’em. I’ll drive this stick up their ass!”
what’s the difference?
Hell is a cubicle
Heaven is the golf course
the devil is visiting
he has tried the poetry circuit
he has tried the female
he has tried this game, again
there are demons inside me
the trick is not to add more demons
and to restrain the few
before they hurt somebody.
The group ahead starts whistling and waving at me
Do they know who they’re dealing with?
The man with the kangaroo cap waves again
He has a goatee. He wears basketball shorts.
He waves. I pretend
he doesn’t exist.
The guy with the pink hula shirt knocks his ball into the pond and laughs
He has a hippie beard.
Can’t they see I’m ready to kill?
I wait—I stare at the moon—I check my phone
15 new text messages
How can that be? –people don’t like me
they’re from a friend of a friend
“How did this happen? F*ck.”
I hit my ball within a foot of the hole. My mom calls.
“Would you like to come over and watch 1000 mules?”
“Mom—I’m infallible! I picked the wrong career.”
“Don’t quit your day job.”
“Would you like to see a movie on Saturday?”
“I got to go mom—the people in front of me are waving again.”
“Morons,” I mumble.
The goat comes over. “We’re just too damn slow, and you’re a pro. I saw your last drive—300 yards.”
“Yeah,” I said.
“Well, you can play through.”
I strike my ball like God. A float plane flies overhead. I wish I was piloting that beautiful…
Where is there water around here, anyway?
It isn’t as easy as they say. One doesn’t just start winning. A man must know how to lose—to take his licks
to get kicked like a dog
again, and again
and not be beaten,
even though he’s a beaten dog.
I grab hold
of the enemy (which is usually myself)
and strangle him.
I eat his flesh
with my mean teeth
My chance might never come
and the temptation is too great
not to waste it
on the ground.
It isn’t enough, not to be bad
one must learn how to be good.
That is the impossible problem
I can’t solve.
When one doesn’t know how
It is only a matter of time
He eats his vomit, again.