Best Poem of R. Joseph Hoffmann

Running From The Devil
It’s said he was offered grapes
before she tried to seduce him.
Is it cliché: 'Unhappy wife rapes
witless boy.' Or is it paradigm?
While husbands fight wars,
girls will be whores:
Is that the takeaway?
All work and no play
makes some boys run
and some boys stay?

But he was cl . . .
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Let's see if she knows this shape:
It is not death, though death is faceless
and sits in the desert places
sullen on the bleached sand like a shell.
No, this waiting is endless,
for her sons are dead at Karbala:
young lions dead
their bodies squandered in blood
while she strikes at heaven
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