Two poems by Charlie Brice


Backyard Wisdom—1955


For Bill Richards


Some things never change

You still grow a beard by putting

seeds in your mouth


You can still dig a hole to China

If you keep at it and aren’t afraid

of walking upside down once you get there


It’s still true that your heart must be

In your stomach since that’s what moves

up and down when you breathe


Your parents know everything

You would rather freeze to death

than burn to death


You’ll grow up to be president some day

Jesus and Santa Claus know everything you do

you will never ever die






Leftovers

After the scavengers are gone,

the white skull laughs.

David Baker