tough guys who are & are not

the toughest guy I ever knew

said to me once

you ain’t listening to me

& gave me time to think

I apologised

told him yes

yeah you’re right

my thinking was elsewhere

on what comes next

he slapped my back all gentle

yeah you’re alright

I knew

there was no disrespect intended

& we continued on talking

this other idiot at a bar

took exception as I bellied up

watch who you’re pushing pal!

standing up in his chair

no offence intended I said

looking him right in the eyes

turning my left hand side

toward him right hand free

for whatever happened next

he sat back down turned away

he’d done said

all he could do or say

today

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