Gemini Magazine
Joseph Farley edited Axe
Factory for twenty-four years.
His books include Suckers,
For The Birds, and Longing
For The Mother Tongue
(March Street Press, 2010).
A man is not his words
and words are not a man.

Words no matter how well wrought
cannot fuck a woman
or raise a child.

Mere words cannot hold down a job
or scoop the turds from a cat box.

Words won't paint the house
or get the garden dug.

Words, even from a cloud
cannot move the weight of a hammer.

All words can do is pine and mourn
for what we never had
or had and lost.

What good is that?
Just do your job and hum your song.
No need for words now
or after we're gone.
by Joe Farley