My Sweet Love by Matt Dennison

Our shotgun
wall-neighbor
Tom was tall
and blond,
owned a truck,
had a job
with the city,
lived alone.

Tom had been
in hospitals,
his father told me
one night between
shared drinks
on the stoop.

They had held him
down and applied
the shock-stick
to jizz himself
all over himself
while they laughed
all over themselves.

He could not have
normal relations
after that.

Perhaps that is why
Tom whipped his dog
with a sharp metal chain
every night behind
our soft wooden
fence.

Perhaps that is why
my love, my joy,
my daisy

chose me over
Tom.

Matt Dennison
After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos with poetry videographers Michael Dickes, Swoon and Marie Craven. https://youtu.be/UnoTelwXuww

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