Death Row Romances by Alan Catlin

Powerful men with a troubled
pasts and no future excite her.
Guys with red devil tattoos on
their biceps and broken, bleeding
hearts above the groin. Badges
of honor earned the hard way
along with scars from knife fights
and stolen half ton trucks wrecked
at full impact, in flight, cross county,
pursuits. Safe behind bars in Max,
no hope for parole, three times lost,
consecutive felony convictions safe.
So unlike the actual men in her life:
home, drunk, pissing themselves in
the night, hog farting snores and
swamp thing body odor stench.
She feels body heat just writing
her locked up man’s name and if
he was a killer, so much the better.
She can come just hearing his voice
and there are no marks after,
no broken bones, statements taken
except, I Do, when the justice of
the peace asks if you will take this
man to be your lawfully wedded husband.
So what if it doesn’t end well.
What does?

Alan Catlin
Alan Catlin is the poetry editor of misfitmagazine.net. His latest books of poetry are American Odyssey from Future Cycle and Last Man Standing from Lummox Press
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