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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2020

Strangers Keep Friending Me


by David Spicer



on Facebook. Sometimes they’re women

wanting boyfriends. Because I’m a cynic,

I delete some requests, mark them as spam.

They wouldn’t date an old man with a cat,

even if it’s a calico. And people who share

mutual friends with me—friends I barely know—


friend me. I don’t have the heart to click No,

write, I can’t be your friend, even if you’re a woman

with blonde hair, green eyes and stories to share,

not to mention big dreams that’d cure a cynic

like me. And what if you discover I own ten cats

whose favorite foods are pepperoni and Spam?


Plus, my favorite Broadway show is “Spam-

alot? I’ve thought about Facebook and know

scam artists target me, my calico cat,

even my wife, because she’s a generous woman:

somebody posed as a Marine—a cynic,

I’m sure—and friended her, claimed he wanted to share


his life with her, maybe because she called herself Sherri,

writing, Hi, I’m Sherri from Cincinnati and love Spam.

The soldier—I’d guess a Nigerian and a clumsy cynic—

unfriended Sherri without a word, didn’t know

she lied a little when she wrote, Whoa, man,

I’m just an old lover of long-haired calico cats.


Many amazing, awesome, cool cats

use Facebook—I’m friends with 4,000 I share

nothing with, though some are women

who swig Cutty Sark with their Spam—

and all of them can say words like No

because they choose the path of cynics


who’ve survived by acting cynical.

They want friendship like cats

that approach people who can’t say No,

that choose animal lovers willing to share

their food, whether pepperoni or Spam.

Strangers who think men tougher marks than women.


Call me a cynic, though you know I share

pictures of my cat drinking milk with her Spam.

But do you know whether I’m a man or a woman?



David Spicer is a former medical journal proofreader. He has published poems in Santa Clara Review, Synaeresis, Chiron Review, Remington Review, unbroken, Third Wednesday, The Tipton Poetry Review, Moria, CircleStreet, The Bookends Review, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Yellow Mama, The Midnight Boutique, and elsewhere. Nominated for a Best of the Net three times and a Pushcart twice, he is author of six chapbooks, the latest of which is Tribe of Two (Seven CirclePress). His second full-length collection of poems, Waiting for the Needle Rain, is now available from Hekate Publishing. His website is http://www.davidspicer76.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.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020