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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2020

SHE KNOWS. . . .

by Bradford Middleton

 

She came for him,

Desperate for attention

And the ubiquitous

Fame and untold royalties

All that wealth she

Was convinced she

Deserved but then shit

It all went wrong.

You can hear it in his voice

The way it cracked

The way it begged

As he asked her where she'd been the night before

She'd got him fixed bad

And played out her game

Claiming suicide was natural

Especially in his family line.

But this boy he was different,

He wasn't anything like his father

Loving instead his grandfather

Who raised him as if his own.

He got to the top but then

Crossed the wrong one,

She, determined to make it all the way

To the very very top.

He crossed her once,

He crossed her twice,

Then he threw a bundle

Out the window and

That just made her mad

As hell boiling over

So she arranged it easily

Got someone in.

Then suddenly we'd lost

A spokesman for my generation

Tears came for some

Anger for others

Some even took their own lives

A tribute I suppose to

One they could relate to.

Me, I just went back to the old stuff.


Bradford Middleton was born in London in 1971 but didn’t begin writing poetry until he landed in Brighton about 12 years ago. Since then he’s been widely published in small press circles, with 3 chapbooks with poems also in publications like the Chiron Review, Mad Swirl, Rye Whiskey Review, and Evening Street Review. Follow him on Twitter @BradfordMiddle5.






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 2020