The Adirondack Review
Gods Retired


Finally the gods lost interest in warriors,
and fading into the mist,
tired of famous cameos
with Moses and Ben Hur,
Joseph Smith and Brigham Young,
they simply settled in Nicaragua
to sip their rum and coke.

There the autumn leaves
never fall on the hacienda,
and the adobe walls are mundanely
consistent.

Now, the gods without worries
about food or drink, sex or work, will sleep,
and will finally forget
about petals on a wet black boughs
about witches in fire consumed,
about a heart on a hillside blazing
about the war-movie never ending.








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GERARD DONNELLY SMITH has taught poetry and creative writing at Clark College since 1991, and performs original music in the Portland metropolitan area. In 1992, his book Cerro de la Estrella (Logan Elm Press) was selected as the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio; his broadside “Melting Glass" (Logan Elm Press) was chosen as the Medici Gold Circle Award.  He has been a columnist for Swans (swans.com) since 1993.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems