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IT’S NOT SO SAD HERE by John Tustin

It’s not so sad here

But maybe it is.

Sometimes I drink

And I eat pistachios

And when I eat them

I put the shells in the

Empty beer bottle I

Keep next to me but

Sometimes, just once

In a great while, I end

Up dropping a shell

Into a bottle of beer

That I have not emptied.

It doesn’t happen often

But if has happened more

Than one time. It didn’t

Happen tonight but it

Almost did. A song by John

Prine was playing and it

Could be I was a little bit

Distracted or too drunk or

Some kind of combination.

My hands run through my

Hair and I take another swig

And I listen to Bob Dylan and

I think about how young you

Are in your heart when compared

To me and that we both like

Johnny Cash as I try to read

Charles Bukowski’s poetry,

Knowing I won’t piss my

Pants but I bet I might

Leak just a little.


John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. contains links to his published poetry online.

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