The Passion of Bob
He’s a staunch conservative. Two sons and a daughter. When he shakes your hand he really shakes it. Solid eye contact. Law degree from Harvard. Perfect LSATs. Wife is a doctor. He loves himself: fit and healthy. Went to state as a wrestler in high school. Won the Heisman trophy. Once raised Lazarus from the dead. He’s losing his grip. Not sure what’s real anymore. Stumbling around in the dark and his flashlight won’t turn on. Nearly drowned his son trying to baptize him in olive oil. Screaming at people who aren’t there. Hasn’t been to work in two weeks. Feeds his meals to the dog so he can’t be poisoned. He’s at the hospital, being shot up with God knows what. Sick of being caged up. Doesn’t know what’s happening. Doesn’t know why he’s there. Looks into the doctor’s eyes and sees a stare of pity. He sits and waits for his ascent to heaven.
Your Poetry Sucks and I Fucked Your Mother
Hizabip aloy tipajee pom walagoy,
Alabaster minicaster Jon strom Andes.
Lapadap nassa, Mr. Candelabra Wannabe;
turn your magic fountain gabaloop don strot.
Bio: Benjamin C. Krause is the author of Classifieds, erbacce-press 2010, and editor of the print magazines Liebamour and Muscle & Blood. His poetry has recently appeared in Dance Macabre, Forge, Wilderness House Literary Review, Counterexample Poetics, and ken*again.