Chuck Audette

(Poetry Hell, Vermont)

Hire and Fire

some money I was desperately needing
gambling debts paid or I'd soon be bleeding
my bar was already deep in the red
'youse got insurance? ', the mob guy said
'dis dump you could combust
but get an alibi - dat is a must'

Hmm.. 'arsonist' ain't in the phone book -
so around my bar, I took a look

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