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Gale Acuff

Acuff, Gale
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I'll go to Hell when I die for all my


by Gale Acuff


sins they tell me at Sunday School and I'm

only ten years old, I could live ten times

longer but even so expire at ten

decades and then wake up dead in Hell and

boy will my face be red not to mention

the rest of my body, too, ha ha, I

guess I shouldn't laugh at something so damn

serious but I only go to church

at all to see my buddies and there’s our

Sunday School teacher, she's 25, still

not dead yet and would make a fine partner

in life for me, a wife that is as well

as the mother of my children, make that

our children, she'll help out, she'll show me how.

I don't want to die, ever, then I'd miss


by Gale Acuff


the rest of my life that I'll never have,

that's what I told my Sunday School teacher

and she laughed and laughed and laughed, not with me

I wasn't laughing―but at me, but then

maybe that's okay, some attention is

better than none, I guess, especially

when you're in love, which maybe I am though

she's 25 to my 10 but one day

I'll be so old and she still not so much

that we can get married, if she'll have me

but if she's already spliced I'll sack her

husband (but I won’t tell her) and when she's

over her grief I'll propose and she'll say

Sure but if not I'll sack myself. That's love.

Sometimes you die when it's not really your


by Gale Acuff


time is something I learned from TV, which

never lies when you're ten years old, it's just

when you're older that it doesn't seem true

or maybe I mean the opposite, I

live long enough to make it look silly

so I get wiser, older anyway,

and a little smarter, maybe not lots

but enough to get angry so that when

I die I die disgusted with the world

and the ways it tries to deceive me, not

that I wouldn't screw over the world it

-self, I think it's called sin and it's next of

kin to stupidity, which is what I

am―have is what I mean, or it means me.



Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in a dozen countries and is the author of three poetry collections. He has taught university English courses in the US, China, and Palestine, where he teaches at Arab American University.

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