6/11 Idaho Magazine Features - "The Demons of Boulder Lake" (non-fiction)

Daniel Claar - Idaho's Premier Backcountry Writer

Winner - Idaho Magazine Publisher's Choice Award 2010
"The Proper Filter"

Winner - Idaho Magazine Judge's Choice Award 2011
"Where the River Leads"

"Hot Spring Break "

"Stampede! "

"Seeing Things"
Winner - Idaho Magazine Second Place 2011

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Glutton For Punishment

Ten years
Since my pen last touched
This maddening slate

Between blackened ankles
And swollen knees
Spent five years courting
A halfway respectable game
Of street ball
Before signing up for
Five years of slinging axe
And shredding throat
In a halfway decent band

Did I learn something last decade?
Have we
Learned anything?

Never thick to begin with
Long since
Pulled up a rocking chair
And draped a shotgun
Across our lap
Friends and lovers still burn
Like oil across the ocean
Preachers still lie
Liars still preach
They both become politicians
The impending brink
Is within arm’s reach
And we never stop grasping
At fuses

On the other hand
Walked by a homeless guy
Chatting on a cell phone
Wouldn’t have seen that
Ten years ago
Surely there is some comfort
In the progress we take

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