Almanac Poetry: In the Good Old Days

 

Sleepy Middle America. (Source: Wikipedia.)

 

 

In the Good Old Days

 

mass murderers had crewcuts,
wore horn-rimmed glasses,
were Protestant Caucasian males
and lived in middle America.
They bought their polyester shirts from K-mart,
had pencils and pens in their front pockets
for no apparent reason
and, when finally captured,
after committing their awful crimes,
were photographed against whitewashed walls
of sleepy small-town cop stations,
vague, forlorn expressions
upon their unshaven faces.
When interviewed on the six o’clock news,
their neighbours always remarked
how ‘quiet’ they were,
‘real gentlemen’,
‘good with children’ too.
These county townsfolk would gaze
from the footpaths of peaceful, tree-lined streets
at the house of the perpetrator
which, we were disturbed to see,
looked very much like our own.

 

 

(previously published in Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, 2010; then in my second poetry collection, Lionheart Summer, 2011, Picaro Press, reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018)

 

 

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About

Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.

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