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Herbie's Night is Over
muticoloured streamers rode the violent evening
From branches of trees, tumbled garden furniture,
Emma's raised hand.
Lazy snail trails of murky smoke wound upwards from
Emma's dress giggled, fluttered, displaying thighs
- not planned.
And Herbie Richstenstein, chemist, host, carried
his flute of champers
To a table near Emma, placed a chair upright,
reached down, touched her hand, smiled.
Garden candles extinguished, mission complete,
works in the open, proven.
His man appeared, stepping lightly over fallen
guests, Herbie stroked his wifechild.
Herbie Richstenstein worked for a conglomerate but
worked on his own.
Stooped, white haired and always focused on
chemical destruction as a skill,
Sipped his champers, winked at his man, stroked the
hand of his wifechild.
Emma lay stiff, clothing fluttered, birds remained
silent, Herbie's man stood still.
"So," Herbie smirked. "Total result, 30 yard
radius. What more can you want?"
The man sidled, looked down at Emma, then at Herbie,
then walked away.
Herbie slung his glass, chased his man, shouting,
"THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED!!"
His man's face turned, dampened with tears and with
eyes of dejected dismay.
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