Tavern Cleaner by Richard King Perkins II

In uncertain earliest light

something smolders
in an aluminum ashtray

stale beer
and skank pussy
still cling to fetid air.

Banging on the door

another dumb fuck
screaming about lost drugs

soon crying
fanning money
at the window

saying he’ll buy
whatever I might find.

I flush the sun
and every discovered star
down the toilet

and poor.

Richard King Perkins II
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.


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