Thieves and Killers by Bruce Michael Foley


I got up real early on Saturday’s, when
there was a layer of dew on just about everything,
like the glazed honey on the buns I stole at Skinner’s
corner store when the cashier wasn’t looking,

I’d always buy a few pieces of penny bubble gum
or some sour pixie sticks, three for a nickel, that way
I kept things honest so she’d not get suspicious,

I recall finding dead sparrows every now
and then with their hearts ripped out, beneath
the water spicket attached to the garden hose and sprinkler,

I’d tell Joe the landlord about the dead birds
after I buried them in the sand underneath our porch,
he’d say, “It’s that goddamn cat from across the street,
the one that belongs to your buddy, Kevin.”

When I saw the cat, I’d leave him alone or
sit with him and pet him, because, we were both
doing what was wrong,

only, I was the one who knew, he didn’t.

cape-south-2-001Bruce Michael Foley about Bruce Michael Foley. I was born across the bridge from Boston, Massachusetts, in Cambridge, as July 4th fireworks exploded over the Charles River, just a stone’s throw from Harvard University. At age two, my family moved to Somerville, Ma.,where I was raised in a rough blue-collar environment, playing many sports. In 1998 I relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, I work among special needs children and teach martial arts. Poetry began in high school, but took off in a more dedicated way in later years, along with resuming music studies, guitar. My poems are published in various anthologies; including Impressions, Prism, and the Mighty Voices Of Thunder Series, sponsored by the international poetry website, “Allpoetry.” I was a featured poet in Lyrical Somerville February 2015, a Boston based publication, as well as being an “Editor’s Front Page Pick,” for the month of March 2016 on Allpoetry. A defining moment that contributed significantly to further interest in writing was a First Place Award from the International Poetry Fellowship, for my poem, “Among Fields of Cotton.” Presently, I am happy to have the opportunity to explore various forms of poetry with Mr. Bruce Isaacson, Poet Laureate of Clark County Nevada.

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