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bone machine

by David Hill


greetings from a dead man

the clock strikes 13.
with my blood on the wind
and a wolf at the door,
it’s just me and the silverfish
i’ve named frank
and a seven day growth
and a bad tooth
and yesterday’s pizza box
with that last cold cheese
which i carefully peel but
the cardboard comes anyway

and it’s just me and frank
and my bad tooth
with elvira,
mistress of the dark
and “plan 9 from outer space”

and it’s my eyes that wander,
to and from the tv screen
to and from the tv screen,

from her plunging v
from her creamy cleave
to the gun that hangs on the wall,

the gun that hangs on the wall.

04/09/2011

Author's Note: How come Tom Waits is never invited to voice coach the Idol contestants?

Posted on 04/09/2011
Copyright © 2020 David Hill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/09/11 at 02:07 PM

Because life isn't fair. Glorious work.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 04/09/11 at 03:00 PM

...david, i went to the dentist just yesterday and there was no gun on the wall, not even a pic of one nahahaha. good round-'bout o' life.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/10/11 at 07:28 PM

Ok, I'm staying away from this dude. Creepy and most effective. Great beginning line, loved the cardboard detail. See what a bad tooth will do to you! Ha!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/11/11 at 10:45 PM

Elvira and Plan 9, now those were the days. Clever poem, with all the props...silverfish, pizza, gun on the wall. And yeah right! Why isn't Tom Waits ever invited, although now that he's in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame...

Posted by Linda Fuller on 04/12/11 at 06:17 PM

I love this. (And, years ago, some critters lived in my shower, and I named them (all) Herbert.

Posted by Gregory R Schelske on 05/01/11 at 04:58 AM

Brother, so spot on. Great write.

Posted by Shawnacy Perez on 06/04/11 at 04:53 PM

HA! waits on idol. :) if the world were fair... and this piece! great great stuff. the details all pull together to create such a scenic image. sittin' in the dark with plan 9, the insectile company of silverfish, and that gun on the wall you can't take your mind off of. love this.

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