BILLY ANGEL

Rookie (3/20/1950 / Knoxville, Iowa)

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Born in Iowa, March 20,1950.
Youngest of four children.
Lived in Iowa, Florida, Georgia,
Wyoming, Arizona, and presently
living in Hawaii. Worked as a
truck driver, bus driver, taxi driver,
hotel manager, grave digger, janitor,
landscaper, bill collector (only two
months, fired because collections fell
behind-couldn't stomach the work) , ... more »

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Spike

I could see that he was adorable
even in the brown murk that was
suffocating him, only his beak
and blinking eyes breaking
through the scum. I scrubbed
his algae corroded shell
with a toothbrush. He perked
up, regained his green
complexion, the pale yellow
underside turning golden.
Darkening tattoos,
like revealed invisible ink,
appeared on his protruding
tail, head, and frantic legs.
Slippery, he shot out of my hands,
landed hard against aquarium glass.
I was sick, worried he'd hate me
the rest of his amphibious life.
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