Odysseus in the Underworld
Published in The Raleigh Quarterly
I'm under a Tivo of last night's game
When the doorbell rings. Guess who. Before
I can say don't tell me O tells me who
Wins and how they'll lose. His perm slithers.
He uses my favorite coffee mug for his
Tobacco juice. Finally, he asks: Will I ever
See my home again? My wife? My son?
Argos? He was just a puppy when I left.
This is his shtick. Each day the same un-
Funny joke. Sure, I say, stay away from
Cheeseburgers and lipper and I'm sure
They'll take you back. We drink a few beers
And I hide my shit each time O brays,
'You're not gonna believe this next hit."