crack house


she hustles us in
eyes tired

shadows stutter
behind nervous trees


outer room

screen door grime
a porous portal

paneling drips
frantic carpet


living room

up early  ricki lake
an endless loop

tv’s wide blue mouth
the only thing moving



she fast food  she
buy one  get one free



parched bones
silently akimbo 

peel of burn
gray of skin

he sizzles

"crack house" was originally published in mystic turf (Willow Books, 2012). Used with permission of the author.