The inflection carried the thrust of a knife blade
You belong back on the interstate.”
towards a rifle relaxing on a workbench.
as if green would legitimize my presence.
“We don’t serve your kind – you best move-on”
of a chambered bullet.
“Can I at least get a cold soda from your machine.”
“Make it quick.”
A kick in the gut – a death-sentence.
wander-lust into the eyes of their women-folk.
‘You done. Now git.”
secure with the weight of my twin knives.
that no one ever wants to eat.
Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and a poet. His work published in six chapbooks, and a variety of other publications . Since 1990 he has read and continues to read at numerous venues throughout the northwest.
During the 1990’s he published Everett’s Independent Voice (an arts and entertainment magazine) and The Drifter: A Poetry Journal. He also coordinated the Mill Town Poets open-mic. Since September 2013, he has been the host of Everett Poetry Nite.
He received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality.
Duane also has Two painting and two poems in Randomly Accessed Poetics Issue No. 4, Heart Splatters Into Significance.
Copyright © 2014 by Duane Kirby Jensen