All Under Eventually

life is like floating 

on the open sea

at some point you may

have been on a vessel

or perhaps you are still aboard

however, at some point we all

find ourselves treading

water in the deep blackness

searching for a life preserver

for a sliver of relief

or perhaps a dingy

to take you back

to safety for a short time

but eventually

we are all back in the void

searching for our savior

a temporary reprieve

be it God


the bottle


a book



a movie



anything to take

your mind off of

the tidal wave 

barreling forth

that will engulf and

take you under

at any moment

August Soldier

sitting out back on the patio

trying to enjoy my drink and cigar

I’m dripping sweat because 

it’s August in the southeast U.S.

the flies are swarming

making it impossible to relax

I go inside and ask my wife

where the fly swatter is

I take it outside and begin

mass murdering the little bastards

but as soon as I kill three

four more are on me

hovering my drink and

crashing into my head

the cigar smoke does 

nothing to calm them

then I start saying the word

‘fly swatter’ out loud

it begins to sound absurd

like it’s not even a word

I recall as a youth when I

pronounced it ‘flyswuter’

I then think to myself,

we have some real

ballsy motherfuckers here

I’m holding the goddamn killing

instrument in my hand

and they continue to swarm me

landing on my face and arms

driving me absolutely mad

I look at the swatter

it’s seen better days

the plastic is starting to 

come apart from the metal

you can’t expect to win a war

with a broken weapon

this battle is theirs

I retreat back inside

Summer on the Southern Coast

temperature nearing 100

with humidity making it feel 112

heat index off the charts

you wear the weather

breathing a fucking chore

dripping sweat with no movement


winds begin with a ferociousness 

bending and shaking trees

herding the charcoal clouds

a distinct purplish-black 

temperature falls twenty

degrees in twenty seconds

respite from a Gulf Coast baking

such a fleeting relief

myriad gallons fall from the sky

squeezed from the onyx clouds

flashes of electric death

following by a crackle

then a deafening explosion

deluge then shifts to drizzle with

only faint rumbles in the distance

the sky lightens

outlines of clouds now visible

hues of blue peak through

the sky goes dry and the sun emerges

steam ascends from the blacktop

and the roasting continues

Home Miserable Home

I recently found out about

a study that was done

that ranked my city as

the 3rd most miserable city

in the entire United States.

it drew on the Gallup-Healthways

well-being index for its data.

(whatever that is)

it used statistics from




mental and

physical health.

in the Gallup survey,

my fine city’s residents 

were more likely to say

that they were



worried or


than those in most any other area.

for multiple years in the past,

my city has had one of the highest

crime rates per capita in America.

one year even being called the

‘murder capital of the country’

with the population taken into account.

my city was ranked

as one of the worst

in the nation

for both

emotional and

physical health.

well it’s good to know

I’m not alone,

that I’m just a product

of my downtrodden and

forlorn environment.

thank you Gallup,

for your reassurance…

Original unedited version of ‘A Deep Hate’

Richard and Bob finished a grueling, sun-baked, slave laboring day on the job and headed to their after work watering hole.  Bob would always say that whiskey and beer is the best medicine to get the taste of the day out of your mouth.  They pulled on the small, nondescript pub door and it was locked.  Richard pointed out a sign that read…

To our loyal customers who know Billy like family:

We regret to inform you that Billy has suffered a major heart attack.  Bill’s Swill and Fill will be closed until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  The family has set up a GoFundMe account for any donations for his medical treatment.  Please call Debra at the bar’s number for the info, as the phones are now forwarded to her.  Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to serving you in the future.

“Well fuck,” Bob squawked.  “What the shit are we gonna do now?  I don’t want to go home and drink.  The old lady and those screaming bastards are there.”

Richard, the brains of the two, said, “Just hold on man.  I’m thinking.”

Richard pulled his phone out and typed, ‘bars near me’.  A plethora of options appeared, with only a few within 5 miles.  He scoured the listings near the top and said,

“Bingo.  Todd’s Place is only a mile away.  It says that they have beer specials and their happy hour doesn’t stop until 7 p.m.  I say we go there.  Whatcha say?”

Bob looked at him with wide eyes and exalted,

“Shit, all beer is special to me, and if I’m drinkin, then I’m happy.  Let’s go.”

They each pulled up to Todd’s Place.  It was a fairly unremarkable establishment on the edge of town with hardly any cars out front.  The two headed in.  When they opened the doors, classic rock was playing and a haggard blonde woman was tending the bar.  They took a couple of empty stools and asked about the specials that were advertised on the internet.  She gave some spiel about all their beer being fresh and cheap.  They ordered a pitcher of draft and started in on it.  Looking around, they noticed a few men sitting by themselves at the bar, a man and woman in a booth snuggling, and two guys sitting fairly close on the opposite bar.  Bob was the first to speak up and said,

“Looks like we gotta coupla blades over there.”

“Blades?” inquired Richard.

“Gay blades.”

“Don’t let them bother you Bob.  Just drink your beer.  Hell, I thought you were supposed to be happy.  Let them be.”

“Look at them all cozied up to one another.  Laughin and whisperin like some fairies.  Makes me fuckin sick.”

“Stop Bob.  There ain’t no need for that.  Just drink up man.  What’s your thoughts about Jimmy getting to run the 300 ton crane?  Think he deserves it?”

Bob didn’t acknowledge Richard’s attempt to change the subject.  He just kept downing pint glasses and looking at the two across from him.  Richard couldn’t understand why Bob was getting so agitated. The two of them sat in silence for another fifteen minutes until Richard said,

“Hell man.  I’ve had my fill.  Let’s get home.  You ready?”

“Naw.  I ain’t done here.  I got some drinkin to do.”

“You should probably leave with me man.”

“I said I ain’t done drinkin.  Leave if you want to leave.  I’ll seeya at work tomorrow.”

Richard hesitantly left.  Bob continued stewing and slugging away at his beer.  Another twenty minutes passed and Bob’s pitcher was drained.  The worn blonde asked about a refill, but Bob told her that he was good.  The two guys opposite to Bob paid their tab and got up to leave.  Bob quickly got the attention of the disheveled blonde and paid as well.  He was probably ten steps behind the two of them as they walked hand in hand, slightly stumbling, headed to their car.

“Queers!” Bob yelled at them from behind.

The attention of the two guys were now completely on Bob and his derogatory slur.  The contemptment and happiness of the two were now fleeting memories.

“Fuck you old man,” one of them said, as he turned to face Bob. 

“Let’s just go. He’s just a dumbass drunk,” said the other, trying to pull him back by his arm.

Bob immediately saw red and was on them hastily, swinging, punching, kicking, and spitting. When he emerged from his rage-filled state, Bob was left standing over bloody and beaten piles of flesh, spilled onto the concrete.

Once back at home, Bob washed the blood from his hands, got a beer from the fridge, and sat in silence for about ten minutes, contemplating the previous events. He walked to the bathroom and looked at himself in the mirror. He absolutely loathed what he saw, and couldn’t believe what he had just done.  Tears began to well up in his eyes. 

He then unlaced the tops of his work boots, just enough to remove them, took off his faded flannel work shirt, weathered blue jeans, and dingy white socks. 

However, he left the red lace thong on. He loved how the little frilly edges tickled his ass cheeks, and how the middle string hugged the buttplug.