Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 03/02/20

 

One Small step for a man

The Cause of Death
is multiple fractures
of the body
when he leaped
from the 15th floor of
the Republic National
Life Building,

I guess he was
having a bad day,
and wanted everyone
else to know he was too

census records state
that he was working
as a tax attorney

driving his mid-
century car to
one of
the tallest buildings
in Dallas,
which included a tower
that held a beacon

Visible up to
120 Miles

gold curtains
in the executive
washrooms,

a full time
gardener,
air conditioning,
the fastest

elevators,
A lobby of
gold leaf
imported marble
from Italy
and Peru
which he walks
into every morning

nodding to
his fellow humans
as they fold
themselves into
the elevator

He keeps a
weather anecdote
ready,

right
on the tip
of his tongue

©2020 Melanie Browne All rights reserved.

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Melanie Browne is a poet and fiction writer living in Texas. Her work can be found at Pulp Metal Magazine, Midnight Lane Boutique, and other online journals.

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