Spraying for Spiders

Ace Boggess


along floorboards a four-inch running track                                                                                                      where sprinters never see the finish line

chemical avenues clear as a layer of black ice                                                                                                         on moonlit highways singing death

another simple stream policing doorframes                                                                                                  closets& chasms between the patio planks

no sympathy to the widow
no cake for the recluse placed discreetly on porch steps

even the wolf meek but menacing                                                                                                                        drinks its last from the cup of Socrates

my heart has turned to arsenic                                                                                                                                    I poison the poisoners

they will no longer stalk me from corners
standing out against white walls like buboes on the skin

or that taunting coin
tacked to doomed timbers of the Pequod

Ace Boggess is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn't anymore. He is author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). Forthcoming are his novel, A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing), and a third poetry collection, Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.