Costel Iarca  © 2008 All Rights Reserved

from Self-Titled



Or I’ll kill you. Or I’ll have yo
U killed. Or you’ll never see your precious Mongo
Again. If you have received this message in error,
Respond immediately. If you incapacitate the stretcher bearer,

An angel gets its water wings, a right of passage
Found retarded by scholars. A wrong of passage. Put me
In coach. Coach; take me back out, coach. Take me very, very
Out. Take anything, mister, just don’t hurt the kids. If you received this massage

In error, expect the unhappiest ending. Nick Dems
Ke, you captain of the metaphorical cheerleading squad—your
Greatest achievement in life has been disappointing your
Parents, even to this day, which scholars agree is impressive since

Your mother died weeks ago. You pacifist’s arsenal. You war on terror.
It’s funny until someone incapacitates the stretcher bearer.


Nick Demske
Copyright © 2008


Nick Demske is a creative writing graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and works there at the public library.

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