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๐—ข๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ

๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค



A family moves out of a house,

leaves a dog there to starve.


A man says something to a child to make

her feel she is no more

than a chewed piece of gum spit out

in a supermarket parking lot.


Two men in a ring, one kicks the other

in the face.

Two women in a ring: one

breaks the otherโ€™s kneecap.


The big game hunter gloats

beside the elephant he has shot.


A man lusts for money, for land, for more

than he or his children will ever need.

A woman chases a delusion dreamt up

by a charlatan.


Someone else says: sex is good,

it could be better. When I try to make

the most of it, Iโ€™m being obscene.




Peter Mladinicโ€™s fourth book of poems, Knives on a Table is available from Better Than Starbucks Publications. An animal rights advocate, he lives in Hobbs, New Mexico, USA.

Speculative fiction & POETRY ZINE
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