Black Petals Issue #107, Spring, 2024

Editor's Page
BP Artists' Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
(After) Life is What You Make It: Fiction by Richard Brown
Gauche Cuisine: Fiction by Gordon L. Stewart
Here's to Forgetfulness: Fiction by Roger Johns
Insights Into the Trajectory of Human Cetacean Communication: Fiction by Andre Bertolino
Mal Ojo: Fiction by M. N. Wiggins
No Dark: Fiction by Bill Dougherty
Overtime: Fiction by Dennison Sleeper
A Cut Above the Rest: Fiction by Roy Dorman
Resemblance: Fiction by James McIntire
Sign of the Times: Fiction by Liam A. Spinage
The Attic Party: Fiction by Michael Fowler
The Renovators: Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The Balance: Flash Fiction by Rick McQuiston
Bawk Dark: Flash Fiction by Michael C. Jessen
The Incident With the Mismatched Man: Flash Fiction by Charles C. Cole
Radio Tower: Flash Fiction by Blair Orr
Take Me With You: Flash Fiction by Steven French
Slippery: Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Where Dead Babies Come From: Poem by Nolcha Fox
302 Asylum Avenue: Poem by Joseph Danoski
Another Story: Poem by Joseph Danoski
Home Repairs: Poem by Joseph Danoski
A Creepy Leap Year: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Funeral Memorial: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
BatGrl: Poem by Casey Renee Kiser
Twin Flame: Poem by Casey Renee Kiser
Shadow Play: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Dark Ride: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Leviathans of the Void: Poem by Christopher Hivner
Sunbursts: Poem by Christopher Hivner
Into the Eyes: Poem by Anthony Bernstein
Airtime: Poem by Peter Mladinic
Gloria: Poem by Peter Mladinic
The Sorcerer: Poem by C. Walker
Frozen Eve: Poem by C. Walker

Peter Mladinic: Gloria




Peter Mladinic


Odds Against Tomorrow in heaven remade.

You thought I’d died and gone to hell for

taking Tony to bed, my fourteen year old

stepson. Keep in mind Tony’s with me.

Tony, my scandalous silk sheets lover boy.


Robert Ryan, Ed Begley and I remade Odds.

I get to do anything here. Bed a child, this

go round, I win best supporting actress, tell

the crowd a meek I’m here, not Thank you.

You didn’t ruin my career, stepson sex did.


No matter we married, no matter Tony in

2018 joined me here.  This time I ask Bob

Ryan, not What’s it like to kill, but What’s it

like to die? Me and men. The Big Heat:

Lee Marvin with a broken bottle edge


slashes my looks, I hide in a hotel room,

the light dim, Glen Ford steps in and holds

my hand. In my Odds Against Tomorrow

remake I rephrase my question to Bob

Ryan. In the original he’s racist through


and through, his foil young Harry Belafonte.

In life, Ryan was a Civil Rights marcher,

Harry and Bob the best of friends. Harry

is the one actor not in the remake.

To be in it you must be dead. Harry isn’t.


I have to laugh at how different Ryan was

in Odds from the man Ed, Harry, and I

knew off screen. As for me, I am myself.

In that scene where Bob accidentally

opens my silk robe the camera’s close up,


a low cut bra, really gets your attention.

In the remake we’ve kept it as it was,

a steamy moment, me in my womanhood,

what fourteen year old Tony Ray ogled.

Naked as Eve I took him inside me.

Peter Mladinic’s fifth book of poems, Voices from the Past, is forthcoming from Better Than Starbucks Publications.

An animal rights advocate, he lives in Hobbs, New Mexico, USA.

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