Ron Kolm is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine. His latest book is Swimming in the Shallow End. He is also the author of Divine Comedy, Suburban Ambush, A Change in the Weather, and Welcome to the Barbecue. He’s had work in Great Weather for Media, The Café Review, The Opiate, Maintenant, Live Mag!, Local Knowledge and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library.
The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Ron Kolm and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
I’d been going through a terrible time,
separating from my wife,
and everything I touched, broke.
I was working in a bookstore
on 8th Street in New York City,
the only person on the night shift,
barely hanging on to the job.
Among the tasks I had to do
every evening after closing
was clean the bathroom.
Late one night I accidentally
knocked an empty vase
off the back of the toilet
sending it crashing
into the porcelain bowl
creating a constellation
of tiny glass slivers.
“Fuck this shit! I’m out of here,”
I muttered to myself, knowing
I’d probably be fired
but at that moment I didn’t care
as I was now broken, too.
The next day I got to work
and the manager said to me:
“Ron, we have to talk!”
I froze. He was taller than me,
and I’m pretty tall,
but he was staring down at me
waiting for my response.
Suddenly my mind started
racing like a cockroach
when you turn on the lights
as I tried to figure out
how to save my life.
I knew he had a huge ego
and felt superior to everyone
so it hit me I could try
to use it against him.
“I know I did a bad thing last night,”
I said, looking up at him,
“And you can take the easy way out
and fire me or the much more difficult
and rewarding path of bearing with me
as I try to work my problems out.”
He stood there quietly for a moment
glaring down at me, then relented.
“Sure,” he replied. “We can work things out.
Best of luck.” After saying that,
he turned and walked away.
I punched in and took my position
behind the cash register.
“Dear Al, A Widow’s Struggles And Remembrances” is Marilyn’s first book published in 2018, which is selling quite well. In the same year she won the first place prize in the N.Y. State Federation Of Women’s Club’s writing contest. Currently she writes for The Brick Magazine out of Ann Arbor, Mi. In the past she has had both poetry and articles published in On The Water, Westchester Parent, Balanced Rock magazines, and others.
The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Marilyn Pellini and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Poet’s Poem
Poetry is easy to write,
With a beginning sentence,
and the end view in site.
It’s the middle that’s all a muddle,
and puts you into a complete fuddle.
Of thoughts and views and dreams
Of being the next Robert Frost it seems.