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Poem by Jude Jannet

Modern Life – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine


Middle aged man

All I want to do is sit on the porch and write poetry

to the birds and to the trees while they make love to me,

instead I must produce something so you

will pay me money to feed my children.

That is why I have a backache

Middle aged woman

Yes, I am very sick. The reason is my husband.

I do not fool you. I am truthful in this

All I want to be is a simple goddess

What he wants is a maid and a free lover.

It is not his fault. His mother taught him that way.

That is why I have a backache

Old man

I am so old now.

Before this time I had a wife to warm my

body and cook for me.

Did she die you ask. What does that matter?

The fact is she wore out and I could not afford a new one.

That is why I have a backache

Old woman

I am too old. I told the old goat I had been worn out

and could no longer work for him.

The real truth is this. All those years made me strong.

Now I work for myself on this little piece of

land my father left me because he had no sons.

I don’t have a backache!

Copyright © 1997 by Jude Jannet. All rights reserved.