riding dark horse nightmare by Joan McNerney

to prison library

where sewer

backs up flooding

cages of books

my brains are washed

by a short scientist


detectives trail me

arrested by police

giving up to

handcuffs  ether


now on train

calendars peel

off cars

1942   1962   1982

2198   1892   1294

passengers screaming

screaming off track

burning 3rd rail


in swamp struggling

to reach green reeds

i   am   a

fixed target

paper duck

*pull trigger*fire pin*thru barrel*into muzzle*

b u l l e t                 s h o t

paper duck

mowed down.



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