Yella Dove Tavern Verse 31


angela is due out of prison early
next february, so dave and lucy
are setting up a homecoming party
down a yella dove tavern.          of course mike
won’t be here, what with the accident and all
the hard feelings between everybody.
that night three years ago, though, it was mike
who bought the drinks and then bullied angela
into driving that night.     and it was he
refused his safety belt so he could flirt
with sandra over the seat—was his clumsy
elbow upside her head distracted her . . .
it was all a tragic confluence of bad
acts and lousy luck with consequences.

David M Pitchford
27 Nov 2011

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