Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

How The West Was Won

“The Real Old West” on
the History Channel.
Blued barrels
hanging off leather belts
as always,

but the rotgut
was mixed with fruit juice,
if these historians
are to be believed
over mythologists
who sell the idea of whiskey
burning neat all the way down.

I trust this.
It’s more like who we are
today —

always thinking we’re tough
old cowboys,
but too scared of pain
to actually toss the poison
no chaser.

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