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All Points from Zermatt

 

by Henry Bladon

 

 

Hermann the hitman from Zermatt

owns a Glock 9mm handgun,

 

he has a grand piano in his kitchen

and Fauvist paintings on the walls,

 

he eats tea cakes

and bathes in seaweed,

 

on the weekend he writes elegiac poetry

in memory of his late mother.

 

Hermann believes that incognito is a term

best reserved for reluctant spies.

 

His purple Mercedes has a red leather interior

and a nodding dog on the dashboard

 

which is appreciated by his cat, Herr Hoffmaier,

who likes to tease the toy as if it were a mouse.

 

At school, Hermann’s English teacher wrote, “judging by his essays,

Hermann is likely to become a psychopath.”

 

Hermann thinks it a shame that his life script

became thus predetermined.

 

 

 

 

Henry is based in Somerset, in the UK. He is a writer of short fiction and poetry, with a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several poetry collections, and his work can be seen in Poetica Review, Pure Slush, Truth Serum Press, Lunate, and Yellow Mama, among other places. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020