EVERYBODY NEEDS A FRIEND
by Marc Carver
the closing-down ladies’ shop not sure why
back and saw a row of mannequins.
after one for a while
straight away though
would take it home
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
around with her.
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.
went into the
shop and gave them the money
asked me if I wanted a receipt and I said I should be okay.
into three parts and said I can come back for a bit later if I wanted.
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.
strange looks especially from some old women.
I wished I
got a receipt they may all think I am stealing her.
but think if anybody asks me I can say it is the wife she has gone to pieces.
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.
of skirt," he said.
wife she is going to pieces," I said.
got her to
the car exhausted and she fell in the back.
you silly bitch." I said.
got her home but as I got her out of there she started to fall to pieces
in the street.
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
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,