Sunday, May 5, 2013

What If Jack

by Gene Ervine

What if Jack Kerouac didn't 
Don sunglasses,
Wear a gray sweatshirt,
Or drink too much wine?

What if he was Irish?
Was red haired?
And a priest of a different religion?
There isn't enough here
To worry about really.

But it would've  been a different
Poem, a different song,
A different novel 
It may have meant something different
Like a wee cow nosing the day's food
Out of a tiny pasture smelling of smoldering peat

Clearly he would have walked
Different trails, in different mountains and
Rocky coasts and seen different vistas

Maybe no more questing, but maybe, just maybe
A lingering blessing.

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