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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2019

Converse Canvas Tennis Shoe Lying on the Road

 

by Daniel G. Snethen

 

I saw it laying there, on the shoulder of the road

between the Prairie Ranch Resort and Sharps Corner.

Just past the water tower,

near the spot where Todd was executed.

 

At the time, I thought nothing of it,

other than that is was a little strange

to see just one shoe on the shoulder of a road

anywhere, let alone here, where Todd died.

 

Though it looked exactly like one

from the pair I had purchased her                                                     

through Amazon.com,

it never occurred to me it could be hers.

I didn’t realize she was missing

and I didn’t notice the bizarre,

almost artistic spattering of blue ink,

which they had collected when she power-washed

some printer’s ink buckets for me.

 

Had I noticed this spattering of blue

as well as her own blood splatter

mixed in the blackness of her converse canvas

like a tiny Milky Way of red and blue stars,

I would have stopped and perhaps

found her in time to keep her alive.

 

Instead, I kept on driving and she passed out

in the ditch of the road, from extreme thirst,

dehydration, and a copious loss of blood.

 

When the county man chewed her up

with the roadside mower, it was difficult

to tell which parts of her mangled mess

were new and which parts were the result

of the beating she had been given.

 

And her shoe, well it’s now evidence

and my fingerprints are all over it.

 

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was 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 Macabre; Dark 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.




Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.



In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019