locker room talk…

watching
a football game
where
players
dutifully wore
masks
on the sideline
but
not
when
they were
engaged
in
hand to hand combat
made me
consider
sideline masks
as symbols
you know
like
a wedding ring
is
a symbol
fidelity
but
it’s only symbol
we’ve clearly seen that
in
the behavior
of
our current president
whose escapades
are
the subject of
numerous law suites
from
women
other than
his wife
then i recalled
high school locker rooms
where
one’s physical deficiencies
were
clearly exposed
in those
mandatory
gym classes
and
wondered
how do you shower
in a mask
and
if you can’t
maybe you’re
not only
exposed
but
being
exposed

 

who shall stare last…

a dark sweaty form
staring into the desert sun
from behind an oasis blind
stars and stripes
on his shoulder
symbol of freedom
waiting
fearing
killing
       burst of light
penetrating metal
       third of an ounces 
       less than 2.3 seconds
and
       another symbol of freedom
is stared at
by the desert
in life’s
only
true
freedom