It’s Payback Time
for Jeff Gauthier
Pacifists try to bulldoze sweet revenge,
but jeez, it’s bred-in-the-bone, sweet revenge.
Every sperm has some issues with every
other sperm. For one: zygote. Sweet revenge.
Every story has one of seven plots
and six noisily disrobe sweet revenge.
Every fraction of a second, the world
over, in SMPTE timecode, sweet revenge.
Kashmir, Kirkuk, Poughkeepsie. From all points
of fragrant, barbed compass rose, sweet revenge.
Every day a maimed plain-Jane perp presents
her flashy moral peepshow: Sweet Revenge.
Every night a wounded man dreams his raw
violin dream of f-hole sweet revenge.
Every ending starts with a beginning.
The heart’s perfect palindrome, sweet revenge.