Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 04/24/19

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Rolex Riders

Rat bikes and choppers favored
by Mongols, Angels, no-clubbers
back in the sixties we rode largely
without destination and we found
ourselves out among ourselves
on curvy roads in California and
through the Ozarks, small towns
slapped by and tightened mouths
under reflective shades, badges
flashed but we were gone good
riddance but we’d long leashes
to jobs and obligations snapping
us back ever back to those dreary
guilty hourly clocks and loading
docks but some rode free and we
hungered after those gypsies-oh
to lay our heads on dewy grass
among the raggle taggle travel
light and lose our dismal loads
and binding contracts on roads
that made us everclear and took
us away from undeviating here.
All that went to hell the bankers
and brokers hitting the road on
fat and shiny luggage carriers,
little trailers and earphones too
some three-wheelers for uneasy
riders, but the common trait was
fancy watches and five star rooms
and chains and u-bars battening
mounts to trailers brought along.
The Rolex Riders rule the roads
and iphones call for one another
where’s Murph, did he not leave
the barbecue, finish that latte,
he’ll be along and we’ll resume
and set our jaws, be outlaws for
another day and wear the leather
raiment, outrun the leash today
but not the McMansion payments.
Β©Guinotte Wise all rights reserved
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Guinotte Wise writes and welds steel sculpture on a farm in Resume Speed, Kansas. His short story collection (Night Train, Cold Beer) won publication by a university press and enough money to fix the soffits. Four more books since. A double Pushcart nominee, his fiction and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals including Atticus, The MacGuffin, Santa Fe Writers Project, Rattle and The American Journal of Poetry. His wife has an honest job in the city and drives 100 miles a day to keep it. Some work is at http://www.wisesculpture.com

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