11.06.21 Double 8’s (Poetry, 2021)

Here is a recent poem from my personal poetry book for Oct-Dec 2021 entitled ‘Earthly Delights in a Closed Type Universe,’ all about dreams, life during Covid, remembering the past and dealing with residual demons. All of this, while I continue my voyage through the third year of grad school. This one’s called “Double 8’s,” and it’s all about a friend/roommate of mine from about 27-28 years ago, when I got my first apartment when I was 18. His name was Troy, I’ve written about him a whole lot, because he had a huge impact on me at a very fragile time… me finding my way in the world, fighting with darkness, trying to find the light of things and survive. *BB


“Double 8s” by Brian Bolding


His floppy blonde hair

Hanging down over his eyes

That dimple could kill a man

And so could his endless lies

*

Couldn’t take my sight

Off his mesmerizing gaze

Even when he hit me

I continued to sing his praise

*

Something about him

Wearing baggy jeans and sociopathic traits

Looking at me like a loser in the pool hall

Laughing wildly wearing his shirt with Double 8s

*

He screwed my friends in front of me

And stole my last stash of weed

He was the greatest friend ever

Until he made my heart bleed.

*

He disappeared one day

Down a hot sizzling Arlington summer street

Never saw him again, not a trace

All that remained were the size 8 Vans from his smelly feet.

*


10.28.21 1118 pm for troy bb.


Drawing is entitled “Double 8’s” and was done by myself in Paint 3-D on 11/6/21 at 11:00 p.m. -BB

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