DISCOMFITURE, Robert Beveridge

DISCOMFITURE
by Robert Beveridge

Heist botched. Withdraw
and plan again. Stuffed chicken
is added to the checklist.
Two men are on your tail,
Eurasian. One is named
Bin Hua; the other, Jack.

If thine eye offend thee.
Jerk. Clutches always fail
suddenly. Speak to terror.
Lozenges. Spank. Swallow
emeralds whole.

Ripped apart and half-
asleep. No one is allowed
to touch. There was a time once.
Self-cynicism is only useful
when known. Moody.

Crushed by water pressure.
Raven chorus. Anvil of dawn.
The gods could sing it
for all you care. Sonata. Half-
tones. Vagaries. Ship
in a slip, more cast
off. Feel it, relish. Take
heed.
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