Matt Borczon

Billy was

 

 

 

6 foot 2

 

235 pounds

 

of muscle

 

used to

 

want to

 

kick box

 

was a

 

black belt

 

and even

 

his teacher

 

was afraid

 

to fight

 

with him

 

we used

 

to drink

 

too much

 

and he

 

would drive

 

his blue

 

Camaro fast

 

and often

 

over sidewalks

 

he had

 

a tarantula

 

that was

 

so big

 

he fed

 

it mice

 

swear to

 

god I

 

watched it

 

eat one

 

once in

 

his bedroom

 

under a

 

black light

 

 

 

Billy moved

 

to Florida

 

to open

 

a karate

 

school and

 

bounced

 

in bars

 

so when

 

I heard

 

he hung

 

himself

 

broken hearted

 

over a

 

girl he

 

was dating

 

I remember

 

thinking

 

 

 

even Billy

 

isn’t tough

 

enough for

 

love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destiny

 

 

she was

8 1/2 months

pregnant

drinking a

rum and

coke she

was telling

a story

about a

private show

she did

and when

the guy

stiffed her

the money

he promised

she peed

in his

Stetson hat

 

later drunk

she tries

to tell

me she

can tell

I’m the

kind

of guy

who gets

hot for

pregnant

women you

like me

don’t you

she says

this about

4 different

times but

by then

I had

worked in

this strip

club so

long

that I

didn’t like

anybody

any more

 

not even

me.

 

 

 

 

Robi

 

 

 

at 14

 

she already

 

knew how

 

to use

 

her body

 

to get

 

anything

 

she wanted

 

which was

 

a big

 

biker with

 

long hair

 

who we

 

all watched

 

wrestle a

 

bear in

 

a ring

 

at the

 

Millcreek Mall

 

he was

 

10 years

 

older and

 

scared all

 

of us

 

except Robie

 

who wore

 

his jacked

 

rode the

 

back of

 

his bike

 

he knocked

 

her up

 

a couple

 

times but

 

never married

 

her then

 

left when

 

she got

 

old enough

 

to hang

 

onto the

 

baby weight

 

by 25

 

Robi was

 

alcoholic  unmarried

 

and unhappy

 

and when

 

she died

 

at 40

 

the biker

 

never came

 

to her

 

funeral

 

 

 

later

 

her kids

 

just

 

swept the

 

bottles out

 

of her

 

apartment

 

and moved

 

 

in.

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Borczon is a poet from Erie, Pa his book A Clock of Human bones is available through the yellow Chair review press, and Battle lines is available through Epic Rites Press. His next book Ghost train will come out in 2017 through Weasel press.

 

 

 

 

 

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