.. a simple tale of anger & subterfuge

Marlon fingered the marbled, glass cubes he held in his other hand

His fingers explored the shallow dints like he was feeling his woman’s body

He enjoyed the gentle scrape as they rubbed against each other.

Six, three, one and two, he turned them over individually,

The door had opened at the far end of the wooden, polished room floor

that gleamed in the sunlight, that lit the darkened room like a Hopper panel

with all the richest, darkest tones and the two men in full view eyed each other.


The painting itself was around 12 feet by 6 and hung on the one un-windowed wall

It was a massive landscape of the Wyoming Oil Fields caught in late afternoon sun,

Full of rugged detail with long grasses and a low, broken and wired fence

It ran off into the middle-distance providing focus to an otherwise featureless daub

Yet Marlon loved it as it offered hope and a breath of perspective to his city life

He often stood, legs splayed, hand on chin, comfortably content in its vast scape

Today it provided only back-drop scenery to this drama, too late to reconvene


Angry words ensued as the men shouted the length of the sun-splattered hall

Bill’s face grimaced, almost contorted spat disdain and unforgiveness

Marlon could not have explained his point of view with more restraint

He pleaded that the case had other outcomes, violence was not necessary

Bill was carrying a weapon which he flailed, describing patterns in the air

By now Marlon’s good arm had raised and he pulled the trigger with control

Bill crumpled, fell awkwardly and the dice bounced loose on the polished floor!







About edenbray

I'm a writer ... I write .. . I’m not sure why I ever stopped, was it 9/11? .. . edenbray is born ugly, wet and covered in blood, mucous and bodily functions ~ the effluence of my short life .. . I am a Writer and Artist since 1966 - I'm an avid Blogger ~ I write lots of poems, written essays, articles, reviews, opinion + comment .. . I have had many poems selected for Anthologies of verse and recently have published many of my poems in 24+ themed booklets ... please ask for details - join the shebang by leaving me a marker with a 'like' or a comment for my ego and encouragement and thanks for listening - I really value your interest ~ edenbray
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