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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

The Best Ones Are the Crazy Ones


by Stephen J. Golds


I’ve tried to love the good women.

The kind who talk about their day

with a vacant smile on their perfect lips,

who cook me delicious healthy

dinners and enjoy watching soap operas, while

resting their head on my shoulder.

The women who answer questions frankly,

honestly when I ask them.

Women who make me

feel content and confident.


But I always find myself going

back to the kind of women

who disappear some nights,

their phones switched off.

The type of women who will text me

the sexiest photographs when we’re apart

and then send them to others

when I’m in the shower.

Or the women who lie about

what they ate for lunch, who they met yesterday afternoon

and the men who are messaging them

while they are in bed naked with me.


The women who fake birth control or

are sleeping with me because

they’re still angry with their ex-boyfriends

or their absent fathers.

The kinds of women who cheat with me and

then later cheat on me. The ones I have to warn

that they’re making a scene and

then they try and slap me, miss and

knock things that smash onto the floor.

That run off into the night threatening

to throw themselves off a bridge or

threatening to call the cops or both.

Or worse. The kind of woman,

I know, that’ll see me swing from

the end of a rope one day and

smile a little.


I could say I love these kinds of women

because I just can’t love myself. Maybe there

is some truth in that

but maybe it is

they’re just a euphoric kind of self-harm

that I inflict on the ragged soul

instead of on the flesh. 



“The Best Ones Are the Crazy Ones” originally appeared in the October 2020 print issue of Chronogram Magazine.


Stephen J. Golds was born in London, UK, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling, boxing, and listening to old Soul LPs. His novels are Say Goodbye When I’m Gone (Red Dog Press), Always the Dead (Close to the Bone) Poems for Ghosts in Empty Tenement Windows, and the forthcoming collection Love Like Bleeding Out With an Empty Gun in Your Hand.

Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021