“Hung Out to Dry”

“Hung Out to Dry”

Many, many summers ago,

when I lived atop of Bunker Hill Street,

my Mother dried the cleaned clothes,

by hanging them on a drying horse rack.

Time and a breeze,

were the common necessaries to make it work.

The summer windows would be open,

and late at night my parents would argue.

Sometimes muffled,

Other times clear.

A child of small,

hiding beneath Star Wars bedsheets.

Trying to understand the guttural nuance of the word fucking.

Spit forth in anger and anxiety.

I didn’t know what it meant,

but knew it was bad.

It sounded awful.

Violent, and final.

The peace of a post fight is full of tension,

and on occasion my mother would climb into my bed, or my sister’s bed.

Then it was over.

The next day, neighbors would find something else to look at when we walked by.

What I remember most was how dry the clothes were when we touched them in the mornings.

That, and playing hide and seek among the wet clothes just freshly hung out, so my mother could go to sleep on her green couch before my father got home from work.

“In anticipation of your death”

 

 

“In anticipation of your death”

In anticipation of your death,

I wanted you to know,

that we wasted so much time.

That, we barely scraped the surface of truth between us.

So much is left unsaid.

So much won’t be said.

The majority of this was done out of psychological survival.

As your weapons grade narcissism,

only allowed for one person to speak at a time.

You were always this person.

In anticipation of your death,

I rejoice at the notion, that your gravity will no longer influence my orbit.

Mistakes were made,

people hurt.

Squandered days and nights,

nothing put right.

The truth between us:

you took me for granted, and I enabled that in you.

I thread the needle of spite, with a spool of gradual disappointments.

I will sew the seams of our straitjacket life,

and desperately donate it to charity.

Hopefully, it gets caught in a wayward dumpster and tears beyond repair.

Once it’s gone, I will breathe again.

Once you are gone, I will breathe again.

“Hickarado Incorporated”

“Hickarado Incorporated”

wedding

Thirteen years of friendship.

Partnered by choice.

Three testaments to teamwork.

A dog, a girl, two boys.

pats fans

A house once, now a home.

A barking business in the wings.

School runs and droopy diapers.

Life’s marrow, these little things.

begobah

Regardless of the ledger,

and all that we’ve been through.

There is no other human,

I’d do it with, but you.

skys the limit

 

Thank you for your attention,

and continual support.

Life’s easier to weather,

With you, Lissette, I’m sure.

DC

“Sister Barbara”

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“Sister Barbara”

Parochial school perfection.

Wrapped up in a purplish woolen turtleneck.

Curly salt and pepper hair.

Regimented lessons.

Led by tanned opaque pantyhose and a chalked skirt.

Liberal sister preached dictatorial discipline.

She had a method, a plan.

Eyes square glossy crazy.

Fire and brimstone resided there.

Only to be outdone by the calls to her personal novena:

The voice of Karen Carpenter over and over, nine times over.

Terrible toxic turntable attempted to indoctrinate fresh minds and hearts.

The charms of the devil wrapped in 70’s pop.

Sister Barbara went into a fervor and looked a beatific bully.

Sanely even?

If it were not for the counterweight rage that followed.

Eyes square glossy crazy,

wrapped up in the desire to expunge menial sins within children.

Textbooks tossed at Pickles Cameron.

Wooden tablet desks upended at will.

Jesus at the temple chasing away money-changers.

Succulent purpose, guided by conviction in moral right.

She was touched by the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Reformed.

Guilted.

Defined.

Even now, when I hear a Carpenters song,

I look over my shoulder for a flying textbook.

However, to this day, I haven’t seen any aged women with eyes square glossy crazy.

Amen.

“Timeshare Chicanery”

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“Woods Hole Harbor” © C.P. Hickey 2009

 

 

 

“Timeshare Chicanery” *

 

Come at once!

Make haste, you’ve won!

For your time,

a handsome sum.

You don’t have to buy,

despite our best try.

You’re free to go.

Just a moment, though.

Sit inside this hotel multi-purpose room,

and listen to our pitch.

You can have a free blender,

even if you ditch.

Let’s share some time,

and time some share.

A few weeks a year,

now that is all we ask.

Are you and your new spouse up to such a task?

Imagine, yourself in a warmer clime,

just sign here,

upon this dotted line.

Floridian, Caribbean,

abroad in some exotic place.

If those aren’t the weeks you want,

you simply trade your space.

Our industry depends on you,

we value your inability to say no.

Once we get a foot in the door,

it’s nigh impossible for you to go.

So, come at once!

Make haste, you’ve won!

You’re luckier than most.

Sign upon the dotted line,

and enjoy a sunny coast.

Two weeks a year,

is all we need,

to puff our bottom line.

We depend on rubes like you,

you are our favorite kind.

*seeded from a phrase offered by, E. Vickery