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To All My High School Bullies I Have Hated Before

 

Shane Allison

 

 

Hooked on welfare with a girlfriend and

three kids out of wedlock.

Working as janitors, mopping up puke from the floors of

high school cafeterias.

How is your mother?

She breathes down your neck

about going to college,

leaving tools in the middle of the driveway.

She grows tired of supporting your asses,

making your beds, wiping up your piss

from the rim of the bathroom toilet.

Mamas are tired of coming home

To your crotch full of crumbs from

Grilled cheese sandwiches.

The remote control that hasn't switched

Hands since this morning.

She sits the bags of grocery on kitchen counter

And asks, "Have you been looking for a job?

You know there's a ‘Help Wanted’ sign in the door

Of Yates TVs and Radios. You need to go apply,

I can't have no grown man sittin' up in my house

And not work. You hear me boy?"

You say nothing as channels are turned.

Remember the time I was minding my own business

And you threw textbooks at me,

Blew spitballs when my back was turned?

I wanted to pull you all from your assigned seats

Like jean jackets and bash your skulls beneath

My PUMAS,

Break your faces, puncture your lung

With my two middle fingers,

Smash your hi top fades and Jeri curls

With a karate kid kick.

I was dying to set you on fire in your rayon shirts,

Strangle you till black and blue with fat rat shoestrings.

But I wrote about you guys in journals.

Wrote messages like

Bobby Howard is an asshole on the walls of bathrooms.

Sketched the ill communications of

Eldridge James Sucks Donkey Dick above

For good time call Genny.

 

Pushed into junior high fights,

Punched in the face I was too embarrassed to show.

Hid it into soap operas until the laughter died down.

I wanted to be Rambo with machine gun arms

Beating the shit out of Andre Buggs,

Earl Moore,

Xavier Dempsey, Phillip Lowe,

Cleveland Richardson.

Throw my lunch money in the greasy face of

The cafeteria lady who never gave me enough applesauce.

You better hope I don't see you on the street,

Because if I do, I'm gonna run you over,

Crush your bones and spitball straws

Beneath the tires of my silver Montero Sport

With the black leather interior.

 

 

 

Cute

 

Shane Allison

 

 

You in pitch black Chuck Taylor's,                             

khaki's cuffed at your ankles,

see you gazing at girls.

 

Stare at your lips smeared with ChapStick

make me fetch your shoes,

wash blood and snot off the collar of your shirt.

 

I think I see myself in your autumn eyes

fixing my hair.

Check for roast chicken between my teeth.

 

You have the arms that have held a million girls.

 

Hands rip off purple panties, that slither

beneath bands of a million bras.

 

I want to be your cold-blooded girlfriend

beneath electric blankets

who leaves you defenseless, naked,

in a doublewide bed at Motel 6.

 

I'm just a queer.

A love poet prankster,

a bundle of sticks at your

 

pitch black sneakers.

 

 

Shane Allison is the author of five chapbooks of poetry. His sixth book, I Want to Eat Chinese Food Off Your Ass is out from Propaganda Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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