The Earnest Observer

In response to the line in Vinyl Black Top that seems to be the only line people remember, I have written a further accounting of my observations.

 

 

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The Earnest Observer

by Rob Rice

 

 

Some look like a raspberry

Hot and tart

Sweet raw red

 

Others like a lobotomy

 

Others still like a Croque Madame

 

 

Androgynous pretty Asian girl

Keeps a fresh peeled hard-boiled egg in there

Winking because she knows I know about the bright buttery yolk

 

 

Some like Mona Lisa’s smile

Sly and grey

 

Others like novice caulking and hay

Hastily deployed to plug a serious leak in the foundation

 

Others still like the sound your boots make

Extricating themselves from the mud

 

 

Intelligent eyes underlined with freckles that

Crown a hard shelf of bone

Her’s like a stoma stained from still being smoked through

 

 

Some like compote

Made a bit too unctuous

With currant and whole star anise

 

Others like a Night Heron’s

Suspicious peering off a slender single leg

 

Others still like the hopeful false confusion

Of hogs following each other toward The Noise

 

 

Living her life in a succession of snow globes

Her’s the ragged sulking Hyena

At an edge of the rout

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