Some Days It Is Better To Say Nothing by Grant Guy

Some days it is better to say nothing, unless you are Tom Horn about to get hanged. If you are Tom Horn you get to say, “You are the sorriest looking bunch of damned lawmen.” & & & &, what is even better, if you are Tom Horn, you get to select your own hangman. Hangmen considered such a high honor to string up Horn. (If you were Tom Horn. But if you were I, some days it is better to say nothing.) No, you are a literate man. There are words from the poets you could cite. You might say things like, “It is a far better thing I do now than I have ever done before.” Or, “No man has died in the name of justice better than I.” There are thousands of things you could say. & & & &, there are the movies. You could say, “Damn you, damn you all to Hell.” No, some days it is better to say nothing.

Grant Guy is a Canadian poet, writer and playwright. He is published internationally. His books are Open Fragments, On the Bright Side of Down, Blues for a Mustang, The Life and Lies of Calamity Jane and Bus Stop Bus Stop. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC Making A Difference Award.