The anti-hero. The gossip’s smear. The bottle of ills. The fake world of pills. The vampire craze. Delinquent days. The scandal in print. And scarcely a hint. Of right living. Of hope giving.

In traffic one day

I got behind a curious

Pick-up truck.

Spikes on the hubs

Skull and cross-bones window

Howling midnight wolves detail

Nude mudguards

Bumper sticker about a bitch

Sick text on the plates.

Bull’s package hanging from hitch.

A real message of pain

Of hate, of neglect.

Totally missing the toughness


Too quickly yanked

From Mother’s breast.

Milk of love

And real courage

Sadly missing.

Doug Blair, Waterloo, Ontario

Yeah, we bad


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