Harry the Hippie
by David Spicer
wish I lived in Michigan.
I think of it
as the land of lakes and smoke,
of Honey Crisp
apples and exotic incense.
My one visit
there is less than vivid:
In fact, it was
of no consequence,
happened before bombs,
before I met
Harry, a hippie, a walking bomb.
He drove to New
Jersey from Michigan—
after that he
lived in Truth or Consequences,
where the law
busted him for smoking
peyote. He told
me later of vivid
enhanced with incense.
In Jersey, he
grew angry and incensed
at the Vietnam
War, joined a few bombers
themselves Warriors for the Livid
and hijacked a
Trailways to Michigan.
Its engine died
of thirst, too much smoke,
in Detroit, and
the hippies consequentially
another. Harry, incensed
again at his
arrest because of smoke,
construct crude bombs,
in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
My memory isn’t
but Harry told
me something vivid:
I don’t give a fuck about consequences,
but I’m getting the hell out of
Harry left for
Cuba, the cops trailed the incense
him, but he and his infamous bombs
a whirlwind of fire and smoke.
returned, when he thought the smoke
and his life changed, it became vivid
sentenced to prison for making bombs,
he served time,
learned about consequences,
life’s value in dollars and in cents.
After the iron
gates opened, he thumbed to Michigan,
bought a head
shop called Smoky Consequences
with his wife,
Vivian, who knew he adored incense,
about bombs because they loved Michigan.
David Spicer is a former
medical journal proofreader. He has published poems in Santa Clara
Review, Synaeresis, Chiron Review, Remington Review, unbroken, Third
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 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 website is www.DavidSpicer76.com/HOME | Mysite
Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director
for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York,
presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected
with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in
art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned
painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has
also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.