Riva, Vera & Bell

by Steven Kenworthy


just because you stomp your feet
doesn’t need screaming if you’d get your
red vines in line.

sound asleep it’s possibly the worst dare a human being
can take on,
torn up and it’ll tear you up and torn down.
it’s never been this dim

if you think the crows aren’t watching,
you’ve lost it all.
at last,
we’ve been representing this since kids

where’ve you gone to, could the bridge be less
itself than a typical day, sending the locks
without combinations. i’ll wear your crown

i’ll sing your praises whispering lies & deceit
you’ll never know

a thing of this.

i’ll give the final blow.

remember, you
are just a simple spot
on this big planet.


nothing else matters if the spies are out
its your rights on the line,
press the issue
push that envelope hard son,

sacrifice your life if it comes down to the
right price. of financial systems,

you can count on me.
you can count on me.

you know you want to
but the legs and sycophant in me aren’t up for this
nasty premonition
you came up with in the closet. bottlerocket

sums up,
wake your body up and act fast.

my leniency to you is now punishing me
& who answers the door for you,
this time of night.

double check everything. it is time.


i’ve controlled myself this long
to die for you just this once
& never again will you call me friend

start the car, a slow ascension.

i’m wrapping up this scene to bring you
back. child,
yesterday was the perfect example, did you
hear my creed or sleep easy.
we’ve got a long way to run.

your stomach is twisting just the way
the family expected it to.
how nice of you, how keen it must feel,

the electric fence is ready as ever &
come screeching high if it asks you to,

& you’ll be so surprised if i still let you in.


Author's Note: love with all the synthesizers going

Posted on 03/12/2008
Copyright © 2020 Steven Kenworthy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 03/12/08 at 04:11 AM

Very interesting approach. You definitely had me hooked to the very end.

Posted by Laurie Blum on 03/12/08 at 03:31 PM

Your comment is as intriguing as this poem! I like it alot.

Posted by A. Paige White on 03/12/08 at 07:00 PM

L O V E your tunes, so who's the group that inspired this nifty lil aa dd dd?

Posted by Jim Moore on 03/13/08 at 04:50 AM

I'm with paul on this one. It left me confused after reading it.

Posted by Lauren Singer on 03/14/08 at 02:50 AM

i love a lot of the phrases in here. especially those that stand alone on lines.. but i can also see where the confusion comes in. who are the title characters and what part do they play? i think there needs a couple of hints as to what exactly is going on because there are SO many good things in this i'd hate to get lost in the setting.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/17/08 at 05:24 PM

I liked the middle "dd" - I don't know what to do with the others. I'd like to know more about these titled ladies.

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