Bhagavad Gita Swan Song

by Tucker Cox

I’m stodgy old man, afraid I’ll become a curmudgeon.
I jump to conclusions sanctimonious
that create a consciousness I carry
that smothers the hustle and flow of the Gita.

I’m dug deep, stuck in position—I ain’t budgin’.
To my ego I do harm felonious.
I pray for courage not to tarry,
As I drink my industrial strength Margarita!

O Lord, my awareness bludgeons
my inspiration. It remains parsimonious.
I am emotionally wary,
doomed, Kraft Velveeta.

Tucker Cox taught international business and marketing at Georgia State and Mercer Universities and the University of Georgia, retiring as a part-time marketing instructor from UGA in 2010. Weekly during 2014, Cox reviewed “classic” travel books for Zeteo, an interdisciplinary literary journal based in New York. Tucker’s passions are family, travel, and writing.

About Bhagavad Gita Swan Song—Rimas Dissolutas is “a French form in which each line of a non-rhyming stanza (which may be of any length) rhymes with its corresponding line in subsequent stanzas. For example, a three-stanza poem in four-line stanzas would rhyme abcd abcd abcd. The lines may be of any length.” From Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, editors Philip Dacey and David Jauss, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1986.