There Were These Men: Poetry by Lynn Hoffman

there were these men,
they were kind, they were mean
they were fine as threads, they were thick as rope.
some danced, some sang
some were doctors, some had cats
some saw to the heart of things
some took things to heart
some loved the beauty of every thing
some beatified everything in love.
they had no children and
every child was theirs.
they took care and then
care took them
and they were gone, these men.

—Lynn Hoffman


Lynn lives in Philadelphia. He has been a merchant seaman, teacher, chef, and cab driver. He’s the author of The Short Course in Beer and the forthcoming and cancerously funny Radiation Days. Mostly he just loafs and fishes.