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Rob Plath: crowbars and middle fingers

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023

crowbars & middle fingers

 

by Rob Plath

 

the morning after

the poetry reading

i walked out

hungover

in the august sun

stumbling thru the crowd

at an intersection

i accidentally kicked

over a homeless woman’s

change cup

i had nothing on me to give

i said sorry

it’s okay she said

then she told me that

my zipper was down

i looked down & she was right

so i zipped up & kept walking

down the noisy avenue

then two guys sitting against

a brick wall

said, fuck you, motherfucker

& i glared at them

then one said, it’s on yr shirt

& i looked down

& it did say that

w/a big middle finger

in the center

& i laughed

& they laughed

& i kept walking

the sun growing hotter

its long arms

like bright crowbars

against my skull

& what was left of my soul

Contrary to popular belief, Rob Plath is not yet under the jurisdiction of the worms. His latest book of poems, Batter the Keyboard Like a Raptor Is Behind Yr Back, is available from Laughing Ronin Press.

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023