[he cares for the ducks]
,-time beaten broad: there (i point my finger towards her smoke-sucked face) -
in the corner, dancing,- alone in a leather mini-skirt -
...and over there,- (just a twist of the wrist)
a gaggle of serial date rapists scream into one another's ears,-
the thudding bass keeps them (bass) from understanding (bass)
one another (bass)
...and they're doing the white guy half-dance,
trickling beer onto the floor -
we're sitting, numbfaced, (bass) - fidgeting with our beer glasses - (bass)
"how am i supposed to find a nice guy?" she yells across the table -
-"you could stop coming to bars." i scream back,
"all the nice guys are at home taking care of
injured baby ducks they brought in from the cold,-
talking to them... reading them books,-
taking their temperature."
the look on her face tells me she's only picked up bits and pieces.
(she`s not sure how to answer)
"how do you take a duck's temperature?" she asks, (bass)
-"with a thermometer."
"yeah, but where do you put it?"
(i look up to): there
where the ragged woman rubs her miniskirt against a young drunk's leg,-
and he's not having any of it - (bass)
he walks away,-
she keeps dancing, undeterred.
the drink cradled on ugly, rigid fingers.
About the author:
michael alfred peterson is a squirrel-whisperer, hand-puppet enthusiast and postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He is currently writing his second novel, tentatively titled mr. blanket and the nine detectives.