Lew Watts & Charles Trumbull – USA (PJ30)

‘Round Midnight

Valentine’s night
a lusty growl
from her CPAP

with Certainty not tonight . . .
almost Always it Depends

pampered
a fresh roll
in the spare room loo

from under the bed
in the old box of Playboys
dust bunnies

ebony netsuke
rubbing myself to sleep

rubberized mattress —
remembering a dream
about rowing

Lew Watts, Chicago, IL
Charles Trumbull, Santa Fe, NM


Near Miss

college reunion:
the loon pants & butt crack
I almost married

her new trophy husband
belly bigger than mine*

next urinal
the guy who got the girls
hands free

25 years later . . .
her daughter now the woman
I took to the prom

sure, have the last dance —
open carry

see the girl
her dress all red:
Carrie

Lew Watts, Chicago, IL
Charles Trumbull, Santa Fe, NM

*gassho to Roberta Beary

Lew Watts & Tanya McDonald – USA (PJ30)

Que Sera Serif

engaged
her emoticon moves
from ; to :

favorite barista
my latte heart missing

pre-nup
she initials each page
PITA

already forgetting
the engraved words —
tight wedding band

staying with her mother . . .
Vegas postmark

divorce final —
tender skin
where the tattoo was

Lew Watts, Illinois, USA
Tanya McDonald, Washington, USA


Blue-Plate Special

truck stop diner
everything greasy
except the spoon

eggs over easy
the waitress calls me sugar

big rig
in the washroom mirror —
slow shake

heartbreak on the radio
the hash browns
too salty

five-dollar tip
the cashier tucks it in

black ice—
her phone number
at the bottom of the bill


Lew Watts, Illinois, USA
Tanya McDonald, Washington, USA