Travelers Welcome

Travelers Welcome

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


by John McKernan

The one you said you would watch
While I visited my uncle at the hospital

The thin fish whose neon yellow side stripe
Curved to the initial  J     For me
Around its left eye

I trusted you
Because you used distilled water
Because you placed a statue
Of the Buddha in your aquarium

I should have remembered
The curlicues of marijuana in your hair
Your daughter’s story about the matches
Your mother’s silence at the grocery store
Your laughter when I used the word heroin

You killed my blue skipper and laughed

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