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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2019 Model: Bud Flick, of the Psychic Wigs.

Stand-Up

 

by Christopher Kenneth Hanson

 

 

I reach out but I feel nothing—

no one is watching as I waver here,

dip there—on this stage— I dressed up like a clown

for this—  It must be stand up comedy time—

someone shouts as I pretend to speak

half-Japanese and pour an ice cold lager

down my neck. I take hold of the stage microphone—

 

I casually explain to the gathering crowd that

this whatever it is, is a stunt of epic proportions

more or less— and that I am actually an escaped

patient from the clinic up the road. No Joke.

They began to laugh and banter wildly.

 

The lights become bright and I am sweating now

from head to toe, I can feel the sweat roll on the sides

of my love handles. All I can do is murmur about

conspiracies now and how I miss marijuana. I start to

cry. No one is watching as I waver here and stammer there.

I lay down on the stage and literally begin to sleep.

I am eventually told to get up and leave so the next act can entertain.

 

 

 

Greetings, how are you? Christopher is an interesting poet/artist/musician hailing from West Orange, NJ.  Christopher is 

also known as ckhanson81 and blogs as poetfreed online.  Thank you for your time and concern. 

 

 

Christopher Kenneth Hanson (ckhanson81)

ckhanson81@gmail.com

http://sites.google.com/site/ckhanson81

https://www.youtube.com/user/ckhanson81

https://poetfreed.wordpress.com/





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.



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