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BANJO BOB AND CASSY

 

by David Spicer

 

 

Banjo Bob lived in a caboose

behind his plantation, a woman

I love told me. He dabbled

in weights, saved more money

than Ebenezer Scrooge. She said

he thought she was fabulous

at 17, wanted to marry her,

gambled she’d stay with him.

Didn’t happen: she hobbled away

after one too many love sessions,

called his ballsy barnacle impossibly

thick. He tried to appease her

with jambalaya and then some

kabbalah but she left him in limbo,

split for Penn State, where she

danced the mambo while he built

pearl-inlaid banjos in his caboose.

Oh, Cassy, he wrote, come back,

little Sheba, my nubile babe.

She never saw Obermeister Bob again,

but loved his banjos, a problem

for players because cheap they weren’t.

Cassy bought one named Bouquet:

sweeter than a basket of raspberries

on the Sabbath. Now, Cassy thumb picks

her Banjo Bob banjo, thinks of his thumb

playing that instrument and unbuttoning

the buttons to her hot, damp place,

her vulnerable vulva she valued.

She said, I wish I’d seen Banjo Bob

one last time before that woebegone

caboose burned down with his

mansion, and him, too, favorite

beaux of my youth, my yellowbird,

my lost zombie of banjo heaven.

 

 

David Spicer is a former medical journal proofreader. He has published poems in Santa Clara Review, SynaeresisChiron Review, Remington ReviewunbrokenThird Wednesday, Yellow Mama, CircleStreet, The Bookends Review, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, The Midnight Boutique, and elsewhere. Nominated for a Best of the Net three times and a Pushcart once, he is the author of one full-length poetry collection, Everybody Has a Story (St. Luke's Press) and six chapbooks, the latest of which is Tribe of Two (Seven CirclePress). He lives in Memphis. His work can be found on www.DavidSpicer76.com/HOME | Mysite

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