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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2017

The Tattooed Man (for Tyler)

 

by Daniel G. Snethen

 

 

Each drama carefully depicted

upon his Californian hide.

 

A black and red

octa-legged creature

precariously perched

upon its webby swing

etched onto his back.

 

A pink rattail wound

around his right buttock.

 

Peanut the homunculus

adorned in an oversized suit,

golf cleats and WWII vintage steel pot

covers his upper left thigh.

 

Statuesque Galatea

decorates his sculpted calf.

 

His tramp stamp,

reads a crimson:  NO EXIT.

 

Alice in Wonderland

weeps upon his chest,

teardrops dripping

from both her eyes.

 

A salmon-colored elastic vagina

surrounds his manhood.

Three goats confront

a rainbow of trolls

upon the bridge

of his hairless belly.

 

All the while a paw-print,

of his best friend, erratically moves

about the tattoo artist’s canvass,

like an electron in a cloud.

 

 

 

 

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. Recently (May 2017), 10 pages of his poetry were anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by: Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse MacabreDark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC, and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake, and his favorite poem is The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017