Types of Poetry

This is one of the Types of Poetry. A poem about The Pin-Ball Player, one of the many residents of "The Red Robin" - a little collage bar.

The Pin-Ball Player


Richard A. McCullough

Nuzzling my lips against the foam
that bubbles from the bottom with a hiss
I watch

A black ebony bulb
perched above a white stiff collar
with and a shroud of tight black curls
on top,
leaning into
the static skitter of lights
upon the pinball board.


melting from fleshless features
and yet a grin predominates,
the bone of cheek and chin.
He grins at nothing
for himself
and only the cooing cluck
of pigeons to see him
and the river is their sanctuary.


Almost safe
upon the perch
of rotted pilings,
almost safe
amongst the breadth
of sucking foam green river,
from little boys
with rock-clutched hands
to strike
their gray glazed breasts.


Write on...

Richard A. McCullough

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