A New Toast
shlitz & seagrams r at a standoff raise a glass with beer raise a glass with vodka shlitz seagrams r friends raise a glass as long as it has alcohol only good times when alcohol in the glass forget when the glass goes into the mouth & arms & legs r behind a car wheel glory to the glass of gin forget a man who falls on his chin & sidewalk sleeps pump pump pump the keg into the mouth nancy the sophomore falls down in the south quad & nachos choke out of nancy’s mouth start a new tradition raise a? to Sobriety hurrah for unhappiness! down with happiness undred the dead pom poms 4 dred pep rally makes such a ruckus tail pipe party make it a pity party rah rah row in pain pittance please please pain trash down the drain happiness what a sham Some Swings Aren't Fun an off-on thunderstorm switch a 212°F tea kettle whistling sixty-minutes sun & sixty-minutes shadow & then reverse a red & green six-foot dynamite stick fusing everyone within 100-feet destroyed & you destroyed first a three-year older-than-brother sister in a bedroom with no window blinds & a laundry-bin-hamper bathroom lock sister u were a Venus flytrap self-sealing capable of photosynthesis but child-of-parents who always removed your jasmonic acid Long-Distance Record my sister entered a competition but did not know she entered Florida’s most arrested woman people meet at a coffee shop-bar-restaurant not sis sis brings the bar in her car and bartends to the cop over tea sis asks her probation officer do you validate parking? a bra-ed blue buttoned shirt rises DWI no driving Ms. no tea in jail at 59 years sis self-admitted to AdventHealth Tampa hospital life left to four days insufficient time to get biopsy results and add to the record three days after sis’ last death rattle biopsy: uterine cancer stage 4 after release of sis’ ashes at Clearwater Florida to Gulf of Mexico submit sis’ record to the Guinness world records is sixty records enough? please officer i couldn’t make it to a toilet Bio: Robert Fleming lives in Lewes, DE. Published in United States, Canada, and Australia. Member of the Rehoboth Beach, Eastern Shore, and Horror Writer’s Association. 2022 winner of San Gabriel Valley CA broadside-1 poem, 2021 winner of Best of Mad Swirl poetry and nominated for Pushcart Prize by Ethel Zine and FailBetter and double nominated for best of the net by Devil’s Party Press. Follow Robert at https://www.facebook.com/robert.fleming.5030 .