cast of characters
by Jim Benz
Ali: found dead in the alley behind Three Deuces Bar & Grill
Beth: screams hysterically beside Ali's dead body
Crazy Ed: mumbles to himself at the bar about crazy shit
Dmitri: flips burgers on the grill, wonders what all the screaming is about
Ellen: puckers her lips in the restroom mirror as she freshens up
Francine: pulls out of the parking lot in a black Audi
Georgia: glancing around at all the men in the bar, wishes she had a fresh drink
Henry: curses when he accidentally knocks in the eight ball
Irv: picks up the phone behind the bar and dials 911
Junior: slides another rack of glassware into the dishwasher
Kent: looks at his watch and wonders where Beth disappeared to
Lauren: gives Crazy Ed a dirty look and finishes her drink
Miranda: digs around in her purse looking for breath mints
Nadia: tied to a telephone pole, strains at her leash and barks
Officer Smith: answers affirmatively into his radio and makes a sudden U-turn
Percy: throwing up in the men's room, makes a mess on the floor
Quentin: steps out the alley door to see what's going on
Rosemary: walks into the ladies room and smiles at Ellen
Susan: sits down at Kent's table and says "remember me?"
Theodore: wishes Irv would get his shit together and pour him another scotch
Ugly Bill: alone at his usual table, is too drunk to care about anything
Vickie: walks into the bar and say's "Hey Irv, the cops are here, what's going on?"
Wistful girl: perched on a stool near the pool table, hopes that Henry will talk to her
Xena, Warrior Princess: makes a wry comment from the tv screen above the bar
Yackity Jack: wishes Francine would come back, wonders what pissed her off
Zelda: runs in through the alley door and shouts "Ali's been fucking shot!"
Author's Note: published in Pralaton Literary Review
Posted on 05/21/2007
Copyright © 2024 Jim Benz
|Member Comments on this Poem
|Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 05/21/07 at 04:16 PM
|Posted by Meghan Helmich on 07/10/08 at 12:41 PM
hahaha i kept scrolling back up to see who each person was referencing. this was like a story without prose! now i want to know more about ali...
|Posted by Laura Doom on 12/06/11 at 11:23 AM
On first reading (was that in a past life/site?) and on revisiting -- too good not to be true.