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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

DOING SOME RESEARCH

 

by Roy Dorman

 

 

Drinking beer

in a downtown dive bar

on a Tuesday afternoon

with only the bartender

and a Mickey Spillane paperback

for company,

I see myself as a character

in a novel I should be working on. 

 

As if on cue, she walks in.

She takes in the bar

with a practiced ease

that tells me she knows

exactly what she’s looking for. 

 

She walks up to me

and her emerald green eyes

give me a piercing stare. 

As she leans into me

our faces are inches apart

and the smell of her perfume

is making me weak.  

 

“Hey, handsome,”

she says in a husky voice.

“Get your butt in gear—

you said you’d mow the lawn

this afternoon.”

 

As we walk out,

I swear I can hear

a character

in the Spillane paperback

snickering. 

Or maybe it was that hipster bartender.

 

 

 

Roy Dorman is retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Benefits Office and is the submissions editor of Yahara Prairie Lights.  He has had poetry and flash fiction published in One Sentence Poems, Near to the Knuckle, Yellow Mama, Shotgun Honey, Theme of Absence, Drunk Monkeys, The Flash Fiction Press, Black Petals, and a number of other online magazines. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018