Viscous Verses — Black Cat Kid

By Stephen Sturgeon, Edited by Raquel Balboni & Ben Mazer for Boston Compass (#129)

November 18, 2020


Black Cat Kid

there could be a fence


no difference its material


for ok the sake of the telling it is plastic


but a certain kind of plastic


that is supposed to look like metal


from a distance like wrought iron


a black hard plastic maybe it is a polymer


synthetic polymers seem horrible


it is a black hard plastic that is supposed to look


like wrought iron from a distance

now the fence is a given


everyone thinks it looks very bad


also there is this kid


who hangs out there drinking stuff


some days it’s soda and other days


it is juice but he’s always there


he’s the constant


they saw him drinking water at the fence


one day and that was strange


for him to have a colorless drink


that was him

they call him the black cat kid


people don’t want him crossing their paths


they don’t want to be involved with him


because he makes them uneasy


they think there is something off

—Stephen Sturgeon is the author of two books of poems, Trees of the Twentieth Century (2011) and The Ship (2014).

Viscous Verses is edited by Raquel Balboni & Ben Mazer


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