win a cupie doll…

win a cupie doll

the brown bag
prophet
watching
the local fair
setup
down the street
from
his
corner
said
any sideshow
carny
could
tell you
to
play
to a man’s
vanity
or
pride
to
have him
willingly
sacrifice
his wealth
or
life
for
a promise
of
fulfilling
the self-advertised
poster boy
societal ego
placed
daily
on display
like
all
the other
animals
in
the zoo
he will
perform
on
cue

conquistadora…

she skillfully
filleted his ego
leaving his spine
outside her bedroom door
so when morning came
he had to crawl
naked
across the dogwood floor
inlayed with custom crosses
to leave just in time
to call his wife
about
the difficulty
of business trips
but
he left
without
a trace
of self

initial crime scene report…

date
thursday 2/25/10
weather
clear warm temp at 70 f
arrived on scene at home office
location
somewhere short of sanity
a short frame structure with white trim
2 windows to the world situated
west side country miles from nowhere
summons
phone call from location by editor
witnesses
no eyewitness known.
body discovered at approx. 1445 hours by email carrier
victim
poet
dob
somewhat questionable
found lying face down at his computer
southwest or northeast orientation
appearance of heavy life wounds inflicted to top and left side of head area
evidence of numerous broken hearts
      world peace
      protection of the environment
      caring for others
extensive wounds to ego
the body is still warm to the touch.
victim appears to have been dead for a short time before discovery
victim is wearing white button down shirt with sleeves rolled to elbow
dried tears in eye area
top three buttons torn away
childlike
denim work pants
brown steel tipped work boots
boot soles and heels appear to be dirt encrusted
likely from the garden.
pants pockets are found turned out with no contents
likely from previous relationships
black cycling gloves
well worn and dirt encrusted
are found near the victim 
the victim appears to have been working on a poem.
measurements
see crime scene sketches
poet is found lying at computer near a bottle of wine and baguette
with a blank sheet of paper gripped in hand.
evidence collected
word shards scattered around room
split infinitives on table
half bottle of frene barbier mediterranean white wine
some leftover cheese
and a baguette
search of house
door to heart unlocked.
faith in progress screened in with door latched.
search of house shows evidence of robbery or vandalism
unorderly appearance
torn poems on the floor
shells of belief in various arrangements
a lingering smell of mothballed dreams
from living room bookshelf
a family photo album is taken into evidence
containing photographs labeled through some period of insanity
no additional evidence removed from house