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For K-Poem by Mark Young
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Delta Leo Remembers Her Nephew-Poem by David Spicer
Rosa and the Creep-Poem by David Spicer
Tribe of Two-Poem by David Spicer
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

ROSA AND THE CREEP

 

by David Spicer

 

 

Humans disgust me,

except for the Italian widow

Rosa, who, in her farmhouse,

killed the creep surveilling

her chicken-wired property

from his ferry. Wearing a blue jumpsuit

stolen from a hangar’s maw,

she told me, He thought the law

was beneath him. That skinny rhino

asked Dody to lick his fingers.

I told her to stay put.

A trooper, I assured her he was dead.

I know that, Royce. I didn’t tremble—

he did. I cussed him, grabbed

my steel-blue Python and cocked

its hammer, yelling in my drawl,

“Didn’t do your homework,

huh, perv? I know the statutes

and got you dead to rights.”

Then I colored his head

a hundred shades of red.

She lit her cigarillo

with the last match,

flicked the empty advertisement

for Mick’s Bar & Grill

out the window and blew

a smoke ring so big it circled

the moon like a giant monocle.

 

 

David Spicer has poems in Chiron Review, Alcatraz, Gargoyle, Furtive Dalliance, Raw, Rat’s Ass Review, The Ginger Collect, Easy Street, Yellow Mama, Ploughshares, Scab, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of Everybody Has a Story and five chapbooks; his latest chapbook is From the Limbs of a Pear Tree, available from Flutter Press.

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