our lady of detective story curves

by Gabriel Ricard

Keeping busy is not as good for my health
as it used to be, darling girl. Not since I was nineteen
and ignorant of knowing
when it was best to get lost
and when it was time to look for the comfort
of running into someone after two or three years apart.

I’m handsome now. I actually believe that sometimes.
The sun after so many hours of being locked
out of the house has done wonders for the skin on my arms.
The bite marks add character,
and I can catch a bottle of vodka when someone throws it
my way from the second floor of an outdoor motel hallway.

Some of this stuff has become precious over time,
but a lot of it is just strictly there for my amusement.

Call it terminal arrested development
with strangers coming from all corners of the square globe
to pipe in suggestions for the soundtrack.

Call it by the clever name you came up with
to describe the mood I was in when I wanted to steal a helicopter
and either scare or impress all the wrong people.

People tell how I haven’t changed a bit.
I hate not knowing what they mean.
I really hate when it comes from a complete stranger.

Clean-living is for suckers. I’ve said that for years,
so maybe that’s what they’re thinking of.

You’ve never said a word about it. Bless your heart,
Our Lady of Detective Story Curves. Even your violent habits
and bad habits are charming most cold mornings.

Those dead flowers are starting to look odd
stacked on top of all those newspapers in the kitchen,
and your cat isn’t waiting until I pass away to try and eat my eyes,
but I can’t imagine a better place to live two nights a week.

You’ll have to trust me the other nine nights.

No one ever has,
and I’ve always been curious
to see if I deserve that kind of treatment.

If I don’t,
I’ll still take you out to your favorite state line
for being sweet enough to try.


Posted on 07/24/2011
Copyright © 2022 Gabriel Ricard

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 07/25/11 at 12:14 AM

Don't you just hate it when a stranger takes one look at you and thinks he knows you better than he does himself?? I may not be deep but I'm thicker than that. Another good write Gabe. I'll tell you in Utah it is harder than hell to find a place to buy liquor let alone have someone toss you a bottle from a motel room window or door.

Posted by Ava Blu on 07/25/11 at 02:22 AM

Always a story worth reading with you. Fantastic title.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 07/28/11 at 08:26 PM

Gabe- where do you get your stuff? I LOVE your stories!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/29/11 at 05:02 PM

LOL! Reminds me of Johnnie Depp's semi-paranoid ramblings in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Superb as alway Gab!

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