Four Poems by R. Gerry Fabian


Along The Side Of The Road

Shredded tire pieces,
A red tin pail,
Four empty water bottles,
A child’s shoe,
An oily rag,
A wet stuffed rabbit
With both eyes
And one ear missing,
Five squashed beer cans
All domestic
And the ring
I gave you
As a pledge of
Our eternal love.


An evening shaman
of loose leather
and luck lust –
the spring breeze
is his hands
that slide slow
across a woman’s
natural precautions
allowing him to practice
the cabalist
of her very own fire.

His magic is conjured
with the same shadowy
that deliver him
beyond her
and leave only
nebulous urges
that tighten as
the moon appears.

Broken English

Like a used car salesman,
her previous lovers
forget her
as soon as
she leaves the lot.

And so
he holds her
like the skin
between her shoulder blades.
His lips form no false syllables
and she see herself
in his two way mirror.

He tongue touches his ear
and she whispers,
“I need lies.”
His hand strokes her hair.
“Tell me you love me,”
she begs.

With The FBI At The Door

You decide to come clean.

First you explain how you broke and
entered into the lives of lovers.
Then you carefully explain
how you stole their hearts
using bait and switch promises.
you relate
that you have been doing this
across state lines.

With full disclosure confessed,
We plan our getaway.

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor. He has
been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines.
His web page is
He is the editor of Raw Dog Press
His novels, Memphis Masquerade,
Getting Lucky (The Story) and published poetry book,
Parallels are available at Smashwords and all other ebook stores.
Seventh Sense, his third novel has been published by Smashwords.

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