twenty two under the seat by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

this side the town limit
strays ran
in mismatched band
breeding nuisance
to no remedy
until town council
load a BB-gun
and have a blast

the mongrels who took
the truck
knew exactly the payoff
lazed around a picnic table
for days
sniffing around
after dark

they abandoned the truck
on a back road
stripped of tools
tossed the keys
hightailed it
with the .22
from under the seat

Wanda Morrow Clevenger lives in Hettick, IL––population 200, give or take.
She used to keep birds but they kept committing suicide, so now she randomly
kills orchids. For access to more of her works in progress, visit:

Bay Laurel  /  Volume 2, Issue 1  /  Spring 2013