The Ramingo’s Porch – “Sadness Swimming In The Air” A Poem By Catfish McDaris

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Sadness Swimming In The Air

Two men were delivering
toilet paper & supplies to
a dorm at a university

They’d been smoking weed
all day, washing it down with
the champagne of bottle beer
Across the street was a fifteen
story building, they looked up
& saw a young woman shaking
a rug, she tumbled out of the window

Her hair was beautiful in the wind,
the rug floated as if it was flying, as
she plummeted her mouth shrieked

Her skull hit the sidewalk like a big
sickening cracking egg, her brains &
blood splattering in all directions

The guys watched in shocked disbelief
as her blood streamed a half a block
down the gutter, people stood in shock

Looking toward the cross on the church,
crying & hugging each other, the cops
finally arrived & life continued, for some.

A true story unfortunately…


Catfish McDaris won the Thelonious Monk Award in 2015. He’s been active in the small press world for 25 years. He’s recently been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin, Yoruba, Tagalog and Esperanto. Catfish McDaris’ most infamous book is “Prying” with John Micheline and Charles Bukowski. He’s from Albuquerque and Milwaukee.

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