"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
Hunter S. Thompson

William Doreski

A Little Crime Wave

A troop of punks on the stoop
cranks up a radio so loud
vinyl siding peels from the house.

I beg and threaten and finally
kick the radio into the street.
The punks rise as one. I slam

the door on their Cyclops sneer
and phone the cops. The address?
I can't recall the street because

I don't live here. I'm the burglar,
you see, and like to work in silence.
With my sack of loot I escape

through the back yard and over
the grape stake fence. The call traced,
the cops arrive in a huff and whack

with nightsticks the vandals ripping
flowerbeds and smashing front windows.
They'll bear blame for the burglary

as well, their feral outlook improved
by their time in Baby Detention.
From the overgrown railroad embankment

behind the house I watch the melee
and counts the grunts as officers
swing their clubs and concuss the kids,

whose obscenities float overhead
like the honk of migrating geese..
Two laptops, hank of jewelry,

a coin collection. Not so bad
a haul. I've parked my car a mile
away. The fading daylight

reminds me winter's closing in,
every snowflake fraught with tremors
insistent as Original Sin.

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Anonymous said...

Go, Bill!

Grae said...

that is awesome. i dig this