Malevolent Wish

Dee Allen.

A malevolent wish
Phrased as a question,
A mere favour,
Reaches into the ears of a desperate man
Rooted deep in a building owner’s wish.

A promising flash of dead
Presidents, a ring of keys
Placed into the palm
Of the same man, all
Too willing to fulfill a building owner’s wish.

Now the tenement he’s
Told to visit after dark
Had tenants on all floors
Sound asleep, tranquil place, ideal
For effectuating a building owner’s wish.

He unlocks the front door,
Paces down the lit corridor,
Picks out a random wall, drenched
With petrol from his tin can, add Zippo© spark-----
Birth of flames & a building owner’s wish.

A pleasing bundle of dead
Presidents is place into the palm
Of a reliable man, reward for one night’s
Dirty work-----Handcuffs won’t be touching
The originator of a building owner’s wish.

Let’s suppose
Condominiums under construction
A certain kind of fire
Start this way,
Emerging first as a building owner’s wish.


Dee Allen. is an African-Italian performance poet currently based in Oakland, California. Active on the creative writing & Spoken Word tips since the early 1990s. Author of 3 books [ Boneyard, Unwritten Law and Stormwater, all from POOR Press ] and 14 anthology appearances [ among them Poets 11: 2014, Feather Floating On The Water, Rise and the newest from San Francisco's Manic D Press, Your Golden Sun Still Shines ] under his figurative belt so far.

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