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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

Rita Hayworth and Me

 

by David Spicer

 

 

Arizona: I’d never visited that blue furnace of hell

before 1990, but I met a redhead in Memphis,

chased her to Mesa, where she lived with a husband who

 

deserted her body that seethed with happy heat. Her hazel

eyes told me she needed another man, whether lover,        

friend, or a fellow film noir fan to watch a favorite,

 

Gilda, starring Glenn Ford. I teased her, nicknamed her Rita

Hayworth. She loved that, asked me to visit.

I decided later to fly west like a falcon, like the crazy

 

Joe I was. When I arrived, she dubbed me

Kenny Rogers because I gambled on her, so I

let her call me Kenny, though I never liked his

 

music. I said, Well, Rita, should we fuck

now that I’m here? Will you leave your husband for me?

Oh, sure, Kenny, she said. Before I do, though,

 

Patti and her boyfriend’ll take care of you, no

question. They showed me Mesa, treated me to spaghetti.

Rita and I never saw each other again. Call me

 

stupid, a hopeless romantic, call me a cactus-loving idiot playing

tag with a woman who wouldn’t let me catch her.

Useless, I felt—useless as a Mormon on Mars.

 

Visiting Arizona again hasn’t entered my mind in thirty years.

Why not? Well, Patti, one of my best friends, listed Rita’s husbands:

Xavier, who sold Xeroxes and had my deep voice,

 

Yank, a quarterback who dropped dead from a headache, and then

Zeke, a cross between Glenn Ford and Kenny Rogers.

 

 

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.

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.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020