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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


by Steve Hellyard Swartz

If they win
(I think you know who I mean)
I think it's pretty damn clear
There ain't no way in hell we're stayin here
Only question though
Where oh where is it we go?
You came here at 32
Emmigratin from the FSU (not Florida State; the Former Soviet Union)
So you are more than loath to once again be movin
But I don't think that i can take it if they get in
(Statin the obvious: Her and Him)
Lately I've been busy checkin out old Quebec
Which is a short drive north, so what the heck?
Our daughter says she's in the mood to move to a place that sounds like food
Like Turkey, say
Or Chile
Am I nuts to be thinkin bout Brazil?
Hell, Him and Her even scare George Will
We're Jewish so Israel might rate a What the hell?
I hear they welcome seekers
Down south in Costa Rica
And a man can still be a man
Going Dutch in the good old Netherlands
You say (in your cute Russian accent): Vhy vorry?
Him and her is no vay vinnin
But just in case
This globe
I be a-spinnin

Steve Hellyard Swartz is a frequent contributor to New Verse News, Best Poem, and Haggard and Halloo. He has been published in switched-on guttenberg, The Kennesaw Review, The Paterson Review, and will soon have a poem in The Southern Indiana Review. In 1990, his film "Never Leave Nevada" premiered at the U.S. Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.