In Boozo Veritas #43 by Teege Braune

Instead of Bowing Out Gracefully

Like Napoleon at Waterloo;

Like Truman according to The Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948;

Like Ahab lashed to the whale, waving the Pequod to its doom before being dragged to the bottom of the ocean;

Like Dr. Duke “alone in Las Vegas, completely twisted on drugs, no cash, no story for the magazine… I didn’t even know who won the race. Maybe nobody;”

Like Branca the on mound at Polo Grounds after pitching the shot heard around the world;

Like Orpheus gazing back down a strip of road through a field at Eurydice;

Like Faust fleeing Gretchen’s cell with Mephistopheles;

Like Javert after helping Valjean carry Marius from the sewers before diving into the Seine;

Like Julius Caesar on the floor of the Senate in the arms of Brutus;

Like the hundredth eye of Argus Panoptes growing heavy as Hermes sings his lullaby;

Like Amelia Earhart somewhere over the Pacific Ocean;

Like Bonnie and Clyde on some backroad in Louisiana;

Like Butch and Sundance with nothing but the Bolivian army between themselves and Australia;

Like Kowalski gunning a 1970 Dodge Challenger toward a roadblock of cops and bulldozers;

Like Henry Hill taking a bite of egg noodles and ketchup;

Like Superman after his final confrontation with Doomsday;

Like Jodorowsky’s Dune;

Like Macbeth before the man not of woman born;

Like Moses on Mount Nebo gazing into the Promised Land;

Like Casey Jones with his hand on the whistle of the Cannonball Express on a foggy night in Mississippi;

Like Hercules donning a tunic stained by the Hydra’s blood;

Like Sisyphus, shouldering his boulder, as he approaches the crest of the steepest hill in Dis;

Like Lot’s wife turning to take one last look at burning Sodom;

Like Donald Duck at every turn;

Like Adam and Eve biting into the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil;

Like the gods at Ragnarok;

This is the week I have failed to write In Boozo Veritas.

Oh wait, here it is.



Teege Braune (episode 72episode 75episode 77episode 90) is a writer of literary fiction, horror, essays, and poetry. Recently he has discovered the joys of drinking responsibly. He may or may not be a werewolf.