The Day Before I Knew Us As A Pair Of Renegades by Paul Koniecki

her eyes were silver
as a fender in
the sun i kicked

a pinecone as we
walked to the gas
station for grape soda

and bubble yum she
yelled out the dead
kennedys and strategies for

spin the bottle sleepovers
all i could think
of was ac/dc lyrics

and the sanctum sanctorum
of cut off jeans
i misunderstood how girls

walked forward side ways
she asked again if
i was dying of

thirst would i drink
my own piss while
reaching in my bag

to pay the man
i thought i’d drink
my own piss for

the chance to feel
her welch’s purple soda
tongue she called me

smiley while she wrote
ive got three testes
in ball point on

my jeans in between
cutting my hair in
a way only fellow

eighth grade skate punks
understood i told her
her parent’s bathroom was

a seashell refuge holocaust
of pink and immediately
regretted it she shaved

half her head bald
with the dog’s shears
i stopped worrying about

uneven bangs and said
we should start a
band called daylight savings

time she renamed us
the fucking dick heads

Paul Koniecki is co-curator of Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase at Deep Vellum Books in Dallas, Texas where he also hosts the monthly open mic series, The Vellum Ouroboros. Most recently his chapbook, Reject Convention, was published by Kleft Jaw Press and his poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies since 1985. Noted director Richard Bailey’s film, “One Of The Rough” contains several Paul Koniecki original poems and was shown at The Berlin Experimental Film Festival in December of 2016. When he isn’t writing he is dreaming of being reborn as a poetry tree. His motto remains, “I want to write a book of poetry to chase down loneliness and punch it in the face”.

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