Peter Chapman Poetry


for Easy

you're hitching up the mules,
ready for the pull down to Mexico,
land of dour federales and pearl agave

taking things you'll always work on
because the importance of quiting
beats your heart
and work, it's what we know

people should like you
because their having reason not to
makes a weird disorder

and you

my dear, fond friend these 23 years
have an industry for friendship that's Fortune 500

but what i want to say
is i'll miss having you in this wonderful town

over the border they'll learn your kindness
while i'll keep up the work
we do, the duties competence insists we do
or be detained by that perfunctory agent, us