Fuck that Ear!

A Vermont man, a grunt man,
a hard working man:
work boots, flannel coat, wool hat—
a real Vermont lumberjack special;
pack’a smokes in his front pocket,
sharing space with a homemade pipe
made of who the fuck cares spare brass bits
(and a near eighth of pot for his trouble),
drinking his pay on the job;

somehow or another
just cut his ear
damn near off.

It’s hanging on by a shred
of male dignity;
the poor guy’s bloody last.

When he gets up, his buddies
just stare, like:
‘What the fuck happened to you?’
as if they stared agape
long enough
the answer would,
eventually,
just come.

Vermont lumberjack special—
who had suddenly just become
even more special—
puts one hand to what remains
of his ear
hanging low
(can you tie it in a knot, can you tie it in a bow?)—
low like your car’s side mirror hangs
after hitting the neighbor’s
‘Mine’s bigger than yours!’ phallus
of a mailbox
clear off;
after a long night
of quarters and tits.

No-one is making a sound.

Chipmunks have nested in all the men’s mouths,
moles have made camp in their boots.
Their socks are made of roots.

The guy grabs his ear
and pulls.

‘Fuck that ear!’ Says the world’s newest
one eared man;
then throws that fucked ear to the dirt
like he’s goddamn damn Whitey Ford.

The Jack and his crew laugh
until they are sick.

The guy’s ear
stopped, dropped and rolled,
landing sandwiched between
a blue jay’s feather,
and an acorn begetting
just maggots:
each silent and useless things now.

And as I lay in my bed writing
the ‘fuck that ear!’ guy’s story,

I find myself
sandwiched between
a dresser
and a desk that’s not
even mine;

I feel the sunlight light up
the left side of my face,
burrowing into
my still here, ear.

I am all of that one eared man’s
story of things:
the sandwich, the ear, and the feather—

and the poem
that this poem
is about.

© Kristin Reynolds 11 8 2010

Fuck that Ear!

Kristin Reynolds

Norway, United States

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This is a vulger, but true story—thanks Bukowski! There really was a fuck that ear guy…he was a friend of a friend, and I shall never forget his story. who could!

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