Five poems by K.W.Peery

HORNET’S NEST

I
doused
an
angry
hornet’s
nest
with
a
gallon
of
gasoline…

Before
igniting
it
with
a
motel
matchbook…
just
to
hear
the
bastards
scream

THREE HOURS AFTER

We
were
just sittin’
on an
old
picnic
table
inside
the
Friendly
Tavern…
when Don
walked in
and shot
at me
twice
with his
wife’s
Saturday
Night
Special…

It was
really
the only
time
anyone’s
ever tried
that hard
to kill me
in public…
And
I’m not
sayin’
it won’t
happen
again…
but the
odds
are
goddamn
slim…
Because
I’m not
livin’
like
I was
back
then…
and
ole
Don’s
been dead
since
three
hours
after
he
missed
me

MOMENTS BEFORE THE STORM

Beneath
moonlit
shattered
branches…
we
made
our
way
past
unmarked
graves
and
buried
the
only
remaining
evidence
linking
us
to
the
crime…

And
over
time…
we
would
almost
forget…
how
calm
the
oak
leaves
were…
just
moments
before
the
storm
rolled
in

VISITATION DAY

My
friend Jay…
spent seven
the hard
way
in
San
Quentin….
for an
aggravated
armed
robbery
he committed
back
in 1983…
And
he told
me…
the only
thing
worse
than
gettin’
caught…
was havin’
to look
into his
Mama’s
big brown
bloodshot
eyes
on
visitation
day

ROCKLAND TRUST

I
was
wearin’
a
walnut
Stetson
Stratoliner
and
brand
new
pinstripe
suit…
on
the
afternoon
we
hit
Rockland
Trust
in
Hyannis
Port…

It
was
an
easy
score
there
along
the
shore…
where
no
one
could
dream
we
would
do
it

Americana songwriter and Kansas-City-based storyteller K.W. Peery is the author of seven poetry collections: Tales of a Receding Hairline; Purgatory; Wicked Rhythm; Ozark Howler; Gallatin Gallows; Howler Holler; Bootlegger’s Bluff. Tales of a Receding Hairline was a semifinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards – Best in Poetry 2016. Peery is a regular contributor in Veterans Voices Magazine. His work is included in the Vincent Van Gogh Anthology Resurrection of a Sunflower and the Walsall Poetry Society Anthology, Diverse Verse II & III. In 2018, Peery is scheduled to have poems published in The Main Street Rag, Chiron Review, Big Hammer, San Pedro River Review, The Gasconade Review, Blink Ink, Rusty Truck, Mad Swirl, Mojave River Review, The Asylum Floor, Horror Sleaze Trash, Ramingo’s Porch, From Whispers to Roars, The Rye Whiskey Review, Under The Bleachers and Apache Poetry. Credited as a lyricist and producer, Peery’s work appears on more than a dozen studio albums over the past decade.

One Reply to “Five poems by K.W.Peery”

  1. I have been following Mr. Perry for some time now, and always loves his poetic stories because they spark emotion, and give lessons without blatantly telling us there’s a lesson to be learned.

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