Vegas 12.26.2022

Vegas. 5am. i take the elevator 20 floors down to the lobby. slot machines. whoever on the last dime. an old man smoking a cigar. a young woman with a pained expression. a dog under her arm. pulling for 7 bars on 5 lines. the dog licks foam off the lid of her coffee.




with lust in her German eyes 

she gave me the secret family recipe

for strudelĀ 

at my feet the puppy

a golden shephard mix

on my head

your brother’s helmet

from Nam

i was suddenly afraid i 

will be shot



a bar fight 

a skull fracture

no one knows who did it

deep in the forest

far away 

a lonely dog

calls out