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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

THE MONSTER

 

by John Tustin

 

The monster jumps from roof to roof,

With the formerly gentle populace in pursuit

Just behind

Or just below.

They have finally found him

And it is time for the story to end.

He roars in pain, his wounds of the body throbbing,

His wounds of the soul

Freshly opened.

 

He falls to the ground

And just before the rabble surrounds him

With their shotguns, torches, and pitchforks—

A stray cat comes up to him,

Swiping her rump and tail around his prostrate body

As he lies broken and waiting to die.

He smiles, reaching out to stroke the kitty

But the crowd comes forth and the cat disappears

Into shadows amid their din.

 

The monster thinks about that moment and smiles again.

What could be better than sitting in a chair in a dim light,

Scritching the neck of a contented cat? Probably nothing.

Then he closes his eyes and, without a further move or sound,

He waits for what will come, must come next.

And it does.

 

 

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals in the last dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.




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.



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