John Dorsey

Mary Ellen

wore an eye patch
and hung paintings on the wall
just above my barstool.
she noticed the little things
like the moon hung crooked
on your lips
and all of the little ghosts
in our eyes.



could’ve had any woman
in the bar
instead he just kept drinking
waiting for a happy hour
that never came.



had meth teeth
& an ass that hadn’t quit
since just after vietnam.
she had barely finished the 10th grade
and was as good a therapist
as anyone with an ivy league degree
and she could pour a drink
like the virgin mary


John Dorsey is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: Te Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Leaves of Ass (Unadorned Press, 2011) and, most recently, (Epic Rites Press, 2013). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.