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Craig Kirchner: First at Pimlico

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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2024

First at Pimlico

 

by Craig Kirchner

 

She was sitting at the counter in the Diner,

black bob, I think they call it;

thin, reminded me of Popeye’s Olive Oyl.

I was sitting in front of the window,

at one of those tables wide enough for a coffee and an elbow.

 

We made eye contact and she smiled,

got up, walked to my table,

opened her raincoat to black lace underwear,

and thigh-high black boots.

She was built better than Olive.

 

“We need to get to the track.”

I paid for the coffee,

put my arm around her closing the coat,

and ushered her to the parking lot.

“We need to make the first race.”

 

“I’ve never gotten this response to the raincoat thing,

it’s refreshing, but I don’t drive.

Lost my license, so I sold the car.”

“Do you have a phone? Good, call a cab.

I dreamt that the winner of the first race pays $22.60.”

 

 

“Do you always take your dreams so seriously?”

“No, never actually.

But in this dream, you…. you, came up to me,

opened your raincoat to that outfit, 

and told me you loved horses but didn’t drive.”  

 

 

Craig Kirchner thinks of poetry as hobo art, loves storytelling and the aesthetics of the paper and pen. He has had two poems nominated for the Pushcart, and has a book of poetry, Roomful of NavelsAfter a writing hiatus he was recently published in Decadent Review,  Wild Violet, Last Leaves, Literary Heist, Ariel Chart, Cape Magazine, Flora Fiction, Young Ravens, Chiron Review, Yellow Mama, Valiant Scribe and several dozen other journals.

Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Bleachers, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. She has recently branched out into photo illustration.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024