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The First Day of September

Published September 3, 2018 in Leonard - 0 Comments

First Day of September

The helicopter kept circling

with the search light.

Leonard hid in the avocado tree,

Climbed up

About two thirds of the way

and hugged a big branch.

He disappeared.

Became the tree.

His aunt, Tia Tita

Could hear plants

They talked to her.

She hated going to the bank

Because all the plants

were so unhappy.

Every time she went they complained to her.

Leonard heard for the first time

a tree speak to him.

As he hugged it, the avocado tree

Reciprocated, heard him

And hid him from the world.

It said, “You spend so much time in fear.”

Plum Tuckered Out

Published July 22, 2017 in Leonard , Trish - 0 Comments

Plum Tuckered Out

Trish was tired most days,

but particularly today.

Maybe it was the heat or

the fact she hadn’t really slept in a month.

Leonard had just disappeared and

left her with the bills to pay.

Working in the fields was hard work.

She didn’t blame him for going,

just blamed him for going like that.

Good Luck

Published July 12, 2017 in Leonard - 0 Comments

Good Luck

Leonard stashed the revolver in the rabbit hutch.

The animal had died suddenly, so it was the perfect spot.

Obvious, yet psychologically off limits.

Couldn’t remember if he had wiped it for prints.

Couldn’t just check, the hutch was in the open.

Had to wait until everyone was gone.

And everyone was almost never gone.

Out of Dodge

Published July 2, 2017 in Leonard - 0 Comments

Out of Dodge

Leonard stood on the side of the road.

Riding thumb in the July heat.

Kicking dust on Route 99,

down to his last 3 cigarettes.

Hestitated, then lit it squinting at the sun.

“Should’ve stayed maybe” he thought before shaking his head.

A pickup truck full of scrap metal slowed

and he carefully jumped in.

A 5 Dollar Beef

Published April 13, 2017 in Leonard - 0 Comments


A 5 Dollar Beef

After the gun went off he couldn’t hear a thing.

Fortunately, neither could anyone else.

The door was slightly ajar.

Didn’t hesitate.

Ran into the hallway and saw the stairs.

Took the stairwell a flight at a time.

Hit the street in a full sprint.

“Just let me get to the train station…”,  Leonard prayed.

Monkey See Monkey Do

Published April 1, 2017 in Leonard - 0 Comments

Monkey See Monkey Do

“Did you get it?”

“I couldn’t, they were home.”

“We gotta go back.”

“They’re still home.”

“I don’t care, I’ll go with you.”

“And do what?”

“I don’t know…distract them for a minute.”

“They’re not idiots. They already don’t trust you.”

“We gotta do something…look I’m shaking.”

“Have a drink and stop pacing!”

A Penny Saved

Published March 29, 2017 in Leonard - 0 Comments

A Penny Saved

Ever notice how the champions of frugal living have money to burn?

When you’re broke, you don’t have the luxury of sacrifice.

Your entire life is spent getting back to zero.

Leonard wasn’t about to be without shoes.

Soaked through from the rain, he sat pensive vigil over them as they dried in the sun.