Sentenced before Hanging-David Lohrey

DAMN!

Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

I.

Circus-like outside.

The crowd prances by;

some walk the tight rope;

others smile like French clowns.

One man’s frown deserves a call to 911;

one girl’s body is hot enough to combust.

Great displays of displeasure or delight

catch one’s eye. There is enough

hair on the women to confuse them with puma.

Some of the men, hairless, look like

patients in hospice. Others, handsome,

cultivate the look of ex-cons.

The ink spots on their bodies

do not so much decorate as distract,

like graffiti. It’s not mutilation but,

like vandalism, should be against the law.

Some of the people are said to drink

their own piss. Others like to masturbate

on the opposite sex.

 JOSEPHINE

(SHE’s just entered, still in hat and coat.)

You’re not nearly as tall as I had imagined.

CHRIS

Josephine?

JOSEPHINE

Larry’s always liked big things: St. Bernard, Cathedrals, winter grapefruit. Do you…

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