Poem of the Week: May 19th, 2014

Marvin Shackelford, the author of “Witchy,” lives in the Texas Panhandle with his wife, Shea, and earns a living in agriculture. His work appears in such journals as Confrontation, Cimarron Review, Parcel, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Armchair/Shotgun, as well as the latest issue of burntdistrict.

By Marvin Shackelford

I keep a journal on the joys of being
your broomstick. We sweep the porch,
nonchalant but lovingly while the neighborwives
scream for their husbands from picture windows
up and down the street, and soon as dark hits
we jet for the Old World’s Vegas.
I remind you: The myth comes from drugs
and how easily they slip
through a mucous membrane. Do you remember
how it used to be just dirt with us?
I’ll make careful note of your answer.
Your hair tossed back moonlit and knees
pointy out in the air – sweet shit.
Rock and I’ll head whatever direction you want.

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