A Short Distance by Kurt Nimmo

from
that bar fight
over a woman
to this:
old, fat and not
necessarily happy. not counting the days
but aware they are there
caught in dusk each evening
and falling like leaves
from the acacia. she was not worth the fight
and certainly not appreciative. now I am blessed
to be invisible to most women
though that tension is still there
a curse not lightly dismissed.
only my wife
now thankfully
can see me early in the morning
standing naked minus inside out white socks
looking dumbly for spectacles
I did not need
when that beer soaked contender and I traded
punches forty years ago
as the object of our pitiful contest
stood to one side drunk
a cigarette shoved between
snarled lips.

 Kurt Nimmo edited The Smudge and Planet Detroit in the 1970s and 80s. He has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes for fiction and two of his books were selected as "modern classics" by the Wormwood Review. Kurt now edits Busted Dharma and lives in Texas. http://www.busteddharma.com


Kurt Nimmo edited The Smudge and Planet Detroit in the 1970s and 80s. He has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes for fiction and two of his books were selected as “modern classics” by the Wormwood Review. Kurt now edits Busted Dharma and lives in Texas. http://www.busteddharma.com

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