So who else should it be at that hour of the night,
out in the country like I am, except–
Geronimo! standing there with his headband in his hand,
still bloody from the latest buffalo kill,
asking me, sheepishly, if he can use the phone.
So I say, “Why sure, Geronimo!” And he cha-chas
across the living room, huya-huyaing,
and I pour him some firewater
and the two of us get sentimental and start to sing,
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles.
Later on, we have a heart-to-heart, no forked-tongue,
blood-brother talk about the Old West;
and the old bear shakes his head,
he gets this faraway look in his eyes,
he huya-huyas a few more times,
and then he melts into the living room carpet,
and he doesn’t even leave a stain.
(First published in A Local Muse)
Gary Corseri is the Associate Editor of Cyrano’s Journal Online. His books include the novel, Holy Grail, Holy Grail and the literary anthology, Manifestations (edited). A recording of him and others presenting their work was recently broadcast over Columbia University’s “Artwaves” radio program: http://www.annecammon.com/audio/Journeys_WKCR.mp3