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Art by W. Jack Savage 2020



by Marc Carver


Part one

I walked into the closing-down ladies’ shop not sure why 

went to the back and saw a row of mannequins.

I had been after one for a while 

didn't buy it straight away though 

but knew I would take it home 

paint her then I would think about driving around with her in my car see if anybody would notice even thought about getting some roller skates for her  

and walking around with her.

"Hi, have you met my friend?" Yea I could have some real fun with people with that after all I have to get something from them and besides I get lonely it’s good to have someone to talk to even if they don't talk back.


Part two

I went into the shop and gave them the money

the young woman asked me if I wanted a receipt and I said I should be okay.

She pulled it into three parts and said I can come back for a bit later if I wanted.

I said I should be okay so off I went through the shopping mall with the crutch through one hand and the other around the tits with the base.

I got some strange looks especially from some old women.

Then I wished I got a receipt they may all think I am stealing her.

I couldn't help but think if anybody asks me I can say it is the wife she has gone to pieces.

The arm fell off a couple of times and she started to get heavy so I had to put her down a few times as all the kids started to come out of the college then this bloke came up behind me.

"Nice bit of skirt," he said.

"It is the wife she is going to pieces," I said.

I got her to the car exhausted and she fell in the back.

"Get up you silly bitch." I said.

Eventually I got her home but as I got her out of there she started to fall to  pieces in the street.

"Come on, pull yourself together." I got her inside before any of the neighbors could see; now she points east in the front room. I hope the wife doesn't get jealous. 



Carver is an old man that occasionally manages to knock out a good poem, or two.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020