Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Richard King Perkins II - The Mad Girl as Scientist

She wandered home from the arid musk
of Petaluma
where insects had preyed 
upon her tender skin
until she rubbed herself down
with Skin So Soft.
She had stood on a promenade
outside a sliding glass partition
listening to her husband’s low laughter
joined by the manicured riposte
of another woman.
Later that night, he returns home
drunk, expended
collapsing heavily into bed.
In fifteen minutes, she holds a knife
in one hand,
a second instrument in the other,
an experiment in the body politic.
He crawls, lobotomized,
on hands and knees
through the house,
trying to find himself,
ignoring the disembodied laughter in his ears
like so many other things.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications.

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