by Bradley Mason Hamlin

After the Cabernet

your
wild brown chocolate
marble eyes
the very first
distraction

the attraction
I miss
the most

when you close
them

at night.

 

____________

Beyond Black Belt

It
doesn’t take
a great fighter
to
win a fight

you’ve
got to be willing,
ready
to be a monster

to pick up
the beer bottle

and
break it.

____________

 

As the Grim Reaper Keeps Swinging His Dick

He sang good
played the guitar
pretty
all right as well

but you know
better than all that
he could
write

lyrics and melodies
with the best
of the finest
troubadours

badass sonofabitch
incarcerated some days
intoxicated the next

on that highway
with Bonnie & Clyde
and a Fender Telecaster

he
didn’t make no
party out of lovin’
didn’t wear no
raspberry beret

but
he and Willie
hallucinated once
or twice

you
didn’t wanna
get
on the fightin’ side
of Hag

hell,
he was married
five times

but
the things he felt
like barroom brawlin’ for

just as
American
as
milkshakes & fries

a little
after midnight
when the lights
dim
and
the headlights
hit
the road.
–April 21, 2016

 

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