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John Tustin—The Trick Is

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Art by W. Jack Savage 2021

THE TRICK IS

 

by John Tustin

 

“The trick is

To put the knife

In

Between the shoulder

Blades so slowly

And with such

Subtlety that

The poor bastard

Gets bled out

Without

Even knowing

It.”

 

She said this

As she dug

It in deeper

And the blood

Flowed down

In silent rivulets;

The floor

Soaked red

Thick as syrup

Around my feet

 

Right in the

Middle of

Our

Body tangled

Closed eyes

Kiss.

 

 

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021