local_library A Family of Failed Goat Herders

by Kyle Hemmings

Published in Issue No. 214 ~ March, 2015

At the old Paramount Theater,

I am nine and some free form

of gum glob is sticking

to the insides of my hurt.

To my better side, my uncle

is imitating goat sounds

because the movie is partially

pastoral and maybe correct in

location. My mother who was

pregnant up until last month

has a deflated belly

now in symmetry with mine.

Off screen, we’re back

to being a family without

electrified fences.

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Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He has been published in Your Impossible Voice, Night Train, Toad, Matchbox and elsewhere. His latest ebook is Father Dunne's School for Wayward Boys at amazon.com. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/