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The Rikweb Forum • View topic - NaPoWriMo 2007 drafts
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20 April: Crime of Passion

PostPosted: 03 Dec 2008, 21:05
by Rik
It was a strange case
all round. This guy walked
through my door one afternoon,
rope trailing from his neck. 'You
need the work,'
he said, 'and I
need the work doing.'
So we sat
and talked for an hour, suspects
and letters and failings
and stuff. He seemed upset,
a sad smile painted over
unshaved cheeks. 'He told me
to do it,'
he kept repeating,
as if the jingle of his assertion
could set history straight.
But the shekels shackled him
to the time and place. 'You
need to see the bigger story,'

he told me, standing to move
as the cock struck sundown.
'Anyone can get their hands
nailed to a plank of wood!'

And there it was: the jackass
trade-off. Folks will do
the most deviant things
for a dance with
old Dame Fame.

Status: Undergoing redraft
Current version:

21 April: Puppy Love

PostPosted: 03 Dec 2008, 21:06
by Rik
When I heard that song on the radio
I was a silver jubilee younger. You look
good in my head, the shaving cuts
barely noticeable between the zits.

Lavender was your smell, as soft
on my nose as your clothes against
my hands when by chance I stroked you:
I still want to peel you of them.

We drifted - my lust got hidden in text
books, equations, exams. You were
too tidy in the end, I was too scared
and the song was derivative, too.

Status: Redrafting complete
Final version: