Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 06/28/21

Deep-fried Daffodils

When your friend says, “Ya know,
it’s like your past-life karma got you
reincarnated into the actual fan the shit hits,”
then cracks up through her tonic bubbles,
lime shining sparkles through the glass,
it’s the kind of thing that may make
a person who didn’t understand
get hurt. Maybe even cry.

Not me. I get the joke.
Friends get a license
to say stuff like that.
Especially ones from Kentucky,
where we deep-fry daffodils
and dress up grit with earrings,

where the moon lights
soft through punches,
and words become
by tone.
From her, those just mean love.
Plus, she’s who scrapes it off.

©2021 Sarah Mackey Kirby All rights reserved.

Sarah Mackey Kirby

Sarah Mackey Kirby is a Kentucky poet and writer. Her first poetry collection, The Taste of Your Music (Impspired), was published in 2021. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Chiron Review, Ploughshares, Punk Noir, Muddy River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She says, “folks” and “y’all” a lot.

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 04/21/21

Shit Walk

I have to go on my shit walk this morning

no caffeine in the house
no car to drive to the gas station

I’m a dangling turd
slumping down the road

in a medication haze,
my eyes filled with the powder of pills

the sun so bright
nothing but glare

traffic pushes me to the side of the street
I feel like blacktop

by the time I get to the gas station
I must really look like shit
that’s what the attendant tells me anyway

©2021 Daniel J. Flore III All rights reserved.

Daniel J. Flore III

Daniel J. Flore III’s writings have appeared in many publications. He is the author of 4 books of poetry from GenZ Publishing. The latest is titled Pink Marigold Rays.