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Mustangs and Mules

by Glenn Currier












he says

for now

my voice reigns

Mine the reins of my

mustangs and mules

badgers and Bengals

vipers and vultures

I measure

their


venom


and bite

my eyes rain

my drama

center stage



her smug smile

stings

like a hornet

unspoken disdain

spindly sarcasm

dig their dirge

their chasm

fetid
claws

through

sediment


and seam


shredding and leaping


deeper


than I had feared


and as we

lance each other's

boils

this mediator

takes his

notes

notices

listens

listens


listens

his care

earns

the currency

of my trust



mustangs and mules


he says

for now

my voice reigns

Mine the reins of my

mustangs and mules

badgers and Bengals

vipers and vultures

I measure

their


venom


and bite

my eyes rain

my drama

center stage



her smug smile

stings

like a hornet

unspoken disdain

spindly sarcasm

dig their dirge

their chasm

fetid claws

through


sediment


and seam


shredding and leaping


deeper


than I had feared


and as we

lance each other's

boils

this mediator

takes his

notes

notices

listens

listens


listens

his care

earns

the currency

of my trust



EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; font-style:italic">This is the third installment
of a larger poem (also posted here) that grows cumulatively as I post each
installment; it is entitled: THIS MEDIATOR.



The poem is an attempt to describe the
reactions and sentiments of a party in a mediation. Mediation is an
emerging profession in North America in which the mediator assists two or more
persons with a dispute to communicate and to reach an understanding, agreement,
or reconciliation.










02/10/2002

Posted on 02/10/2002
Copyright © 2019 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anne Engelen on 04/09/03 at 02:49 PM

hmmm...always wondered how a mediator would feel

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