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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

LANDLORD

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

The tenants left him a bar of soap,

two rolls of toilet paper,

shredded paper towels,

and a ripped sponge mop with bucket.

He tried to rub the white wall clean,

discovered it impossible, 

realized they tried as well.

He decided to paint it over.

 

Hair choked the bathroom sink,

long hairs, male and female,

they both wore ponytails,

short of acid, nothing else would work.

The hardwood floor 

wore rubber scuffs and high-heel turns,

no doubt they danced and laughed,

but only broom-swept it clean.

 

He began to know who they were,

seldom did he speak to them,

the check always arrived in the mail.

They breezed through, a great wind,

leaving behind a trail of dirt,

a thank you of sorts,

the residual continuity of broken leases

and painstaking interviews.

 

He seized their soap, 

a green veined, marbled bar, 

curved like a woman,

took a bath

after he cleaned the tub,

and dried with no towel,

in the air

with the walls and floors.

 

 

 

Michael Keshigian’s fourteenth poetry collection, What to Do With Intangibles, was released in January 2020 by Cyberwit.net. He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals, recently including Boston Literary Magazine, Studio 1, Edison Literary Review, Bluepepper, and Tipton Poetry Journal and has appeared as feature writer in  twenty publications with 7 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)



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