Ingrid Leaves Vegas
Begins our long
catch-up call with
never came like
a ghost fucking
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
came to my past. Might've
thought of you . . .
Then dressed. Swearing
I'd never come back
A hair-pulling tease
where the cash-out
is a bankrupt
kiss-off always sealed
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
“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
“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 1–3 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.