Before I left my home town
after we’d all been there far too long,
it begin to gently rock and sit askew,
like the peach with the worm inside.
And though it is really a very pretty place
there have been suicides,
and there will be suicides.
And the night sky is deeper than any other place I’ve been.
We were close friends
but slowly, In small ways, we turned on each other,
doing bad things Just to see what it felt like.
But now when I go back there
everything they do, or say is poetry.
Last time I was in town
they told me about two local boys.
One, with his friends, stole the other’s cocaine.
So he, with his friends,
snapped his legs.
Now his friends, and friends of theirs want revenge.
Wherein lies a problem in such a small place,
because friends of his friends, are friends with his friends, friends.
Then they showed me this
thick legged, butcher of a spider they’d captured under a measuring glass,
suspended in frosty lines.
Pure evil in a jug cup.
I wondered, did it know it was caught at all?
They said his name was Bruce.
Bruce had been in training.
They’d been catching flies and smaller spiders,
and placing them in there with him.
Sixty days and nights they were sacrificed,
Strung up, and gutted ashen.
Bruce, they told me, had tripled in size.
Then they introduced me to Titus.
Titus is a bruiser, they said.
It was true, he was a killer.
A sooty death hand in a mason jar.
He and Bruce were to be pitted against one another
under the jug.
It was all so excitingly cruel.
I wanted to tell them to let them go,
but they wouldn’t have,
so I didn’t.
I had to leave before the fight was scheduled.
It would have been an interesting thing to see.
I’m still waiting to hear how it all turned out
with the stolen cocaine, and the feuding boys.
With Bruce, and Titus the Bruiser.
It’s likely they’ll forget to tell me
but it doesn’t matter all that much.
One will devour the other,
and the victor will be alone
under his cold glass sky; No Horizon.
Then the victor,
the victor will die too.
And I wonder, do they know they’re caught at all?