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Saturday, March 10, 2012


by Jon Wesick

 C’mon! We’re throwing dirt clods at Iran.
Herman can’t come. He’s grounded
‘cause some girls said he gave them cooties.
He said, “I’m rubber. You’re glue,”
but they said he needs the anti-cootie shot.
Stupid girls don’t know that’s against the Bible!

Bam! Pow! Look at Iran run!
Hey, let’s pee in a bottle
and make any Haji we catch drink it.
Why don’t you want to?
Are you a Haji too?
Bam! Pow!

After we run out of dirt clods
wanna ride our bikes to the store?
I’m getting that new F-22 Raptor game.
They asked me to give to UNICEF at school
but screw that. It’s my allowance.
I’ll spend it how I want to.
Hey, if you come over,
we can put my game in the Xbox. Just remember
not to give my little brother any Mountain Dew
and whatever you do
never let him play.

Host of the Gelato Poetry Series, instigator of the San Diego Poetry Un-Slam, and an editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Jon Wesick has published over two hundred poems in journals such as the The New Verse News, New Orphic Review, Pearl, Pudding, and Slipstream. He has also published forty short stories. Jon has a Ph.D. in physics and is a longtime student of Buddhism and the martial arts. One of his poems won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest.