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Rp Verlaine: Ingrid Leaves Vegas

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Art by Steve Cartwright 2023

Ingrid Leaves Vegas

by Rp Verlaine

 

Begins our long

catch-up call with

“Bill's call

never came like

a ghost fucking

a dream.

 

All a tease for

a wired cash loan

to pay a lawyer

I'd been had and left with no money.”

 

“What a wanker, did you . . .”

 

“There I was, No sex

and stranded. Fuck me!

I teased the kitty

with a Japanese toy

I keep for emergencies.”

 

“But did you . . .”

 

The batteries dying but

it worked well enough.

Despite the dry heat of

the desert outside

and broken air

conditioner in.

 

Reimagining old

misdeeds I

came to my past. Might've

thought of you . . .

Then dressed. Swearing

I'd never come back

to Vegas.

 

A hair-pulling tease

where the cash-out

is a bankrupt

kiss-off always sealed

with regret.

 

I packed the suitcase

looking both ways.

Hoping to skip out

on the bill . . .

or find a nice cop to talk

my way out of jail once

again. Went out the back door

hitched a ride . . . Then made it

home as is now obvious.

 

“But did you think of calling me in LA?”

 

“No, I didn't. Maybe I should have.

Anyway, if I see Bill

he's dead. I swear to you

with his horse cock and all

he's fucking dead

or worse!”

 

“Wait, he’s calling me

On the other line

I’ve got to get this.”

 

 

Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in the New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry, Damaged by Dames & Drinking, was published in 2017 and another, Femme Fatales, Movie Starlets & Rockers, in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From the Autobiography vol 13 were published from 2018 to 2020. His newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.

It's well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so our pal Steve Cartwright is typing his bio with one hand while pummeling his head with a frozen mackerel with the other. Stop, Steve! Death by mackerel is no way to go! He (Steve, not the mackerel) has a collection of spooky toons, Suddenly Halloween!, available at Amazon.com.    He's done art for several magazines, newspapers, websites, commercial and governmental clients, books, and scribbling - but mostly drooling - on tavern napkins. He also creates art pro bono for several animal rescue groups. He was awarded the 2004 James Award for his cover art for Champagne Shivers. He recently illustrated the Cimarron Review, Stories for Children, and Still Crazy magazine covers. Take a gander ( or a goose ) at his online gallery: www.angelfire.com/sc2/cartoonsbycartwright . And please hurry with your response - that mackerel's killin' your pal, Steve Cartwright.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023