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by Lauren Singer

a sickle-like neck tie
and a pock-marked chin
coming off easy like that,
like it's nothing.

i know your type,
with demons.
licking gin and tonic
off your fingertips,
you glaze over sensitive and tell us
you were a christian once.

washed up, drenched in holy water on the wrong shore
you tell us of your mortal sins,

while the pregnant girl in oakland
thumbs your shirtsleeves like a rabbit's foot
and waits for you to come home
cause she don't even know you drove out east
without ever looking back.

due any day, they say.
she found a crib on chester ave.
just sitting there, on the side of the road
she hauled it to the trunk of the buick, baby boy blue.
before you,
she was a virgin, she said.

but she got twisted up in snakes
and now you're planting apple trees.


Posted on 08/26/2007
Copyright © 2020 Lauren Singer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ava Blu on 08/26/07 at 04:56 AM

i can't comment on this yet, but it's been added to my favorites.

Posted by Ava Blu on 08/26/07 at 04:56 AM

i was around "adam" tonight. horrible.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 08/26/07 at 11:58 AM

Wow! This one reached in and pulled it out of me. So sad that so many see this as their own plight. You capture it with so few words like Van Gogh saying so much with so few strokes. Into my favorites.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/26/07 at 04:24 PM

jeezlueez - this is aimed dead on and pulling the trigger - incredible last two lines - makes my gut tighten like a lynch mob's rope.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 08/29/07 at 01:27 PM

I like to think i have an appetite for the lovely turn of phrase..and this is simply delicious writing, Lauren

Posted by Kristi Paik on 08/30/07 at 01:25 AM

BEAUTIFUL piece. I can see why this is the number one read of the day. Great job Lauren, you should be so proud! :)

Posted by Anne Engelen on 01/20/08 at 12:10 PM

I like your style.

Posted by George Hoerner on 10/28/08 at 11:54 AM

Very strong and right to the points! There is a lot to digest in this writing. Nicely done lady.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/20/09 at 12:48 PM

Beautiful piece- loved the last 2 stanzas. Interesting read-great write!

Posted by Allison Smith on 09/17/09 at 01:40 AM

Very nice indeed.

Posted by V. Blake on 11/29/09 at 02:38 AM

Adding this one to my favorites as well. :)

Posted by Frankie Sanchez on 01/07/11 at 11:20 PM

absolutely love this.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 09/20/11 at 04:56 PM


Posted by Gregory R Schelske on 01/28/12 at 02:49 PM

I'm digging it...a lot. This piece has a certain "Ted Dekker" quality to it.

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