Poem by Erren Kelly

Watching The Detectives

she believed his story
only after the money changed
hands
she prefers yoga over
bourbon
and she works alone
and she hates trench coats
but the night is always
her friend
whenever the dirty deed goes
down
she’s on the hunt
for the usual
suspects
the streets know her name
and her eyes are watching
you, she knows
gotham is a woman
who won’t love you back
though it’s more of a
yuppie petting zoo
than concrete jungle
these days
her heart is bulletproof
that is
until a jazz song plays
she watches them mark
black lines around the
body
she’s always been good at
reading between the lines
and noticing the subtleties
of things
she’s on the case like a
bloodhound
because she believes
in happy endings
she’ll stick her neck out
for right
but she’s too pretty to smoke
and she really does have
legs up to
here

for S.H.

” a cliche is a cliche because it’s usually true….”

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About Erren Kelly

A former Ray’s Road Review contributor, Erren Kelly is a Pushcart-nominated poet based in Salisbury, North Carolina by way of Chicago, by way of Louisiana, by way of Maine, by way of California, by way of New York City, by way of Vermont, and so on. He has been writing for 25 years and has over 100 publications in print and online in such publications as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine (online), Ceremony, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, Poetry Salzburg, and other publications. His most recent publication was in In Our Own Words, a Generation X poetry anthology. He is also the author of the chapbook, Disturbing The Peace, published by Night Ballet Press.