by Daniel G. Snethen
Tootsie Rolls, lots of chocolate Tootsie Rolls.
My teeth and slobber stained with brown
sticky tasty molten Tootsie Roll.
The big eyes, the red grin and white glove
twinkling, smiling, handing me wrapped
Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops—orange,
purple, red and brown balls of flavored
glass on little white tubular sticks.
Teaching me to lick, to suck and to feel.
How to tenderly stroke and not gag
while savoring, caressing, swallowing.
And each time I awaken, sweaty, sticky—
trembling, frightened of distorted visions
of purple noses, red painted leering smiles
and lusting chocolate-colored comical eyes.
G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as
vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages
of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection
of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris.
Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear
Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse
Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected;
Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's
Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna
Birds, and several other
publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature
and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National
Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry
Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William
Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel