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CAN’T HARDLY WAIT
by Mark Berriman

Numbed by my occupation
Numbed by her
occupation why won’t she
just collect her things and leave

A grotesque exaggeration
she is as she stumps
the caricaturist
who lights a cigarette

between stained cupped hands
Before dumping
his tray in frustration
upon the floor

Inks spilling this
way that way
Airbrush hoses whipping
like snakes on fire

Rainbows turn brown
with each passing
of their barbed tails
Spitting, sputtering

Breath knocked from them
From me
Her lifetime spent
on the periphery

SOURCE: Nick Cave interview in The Guardian (July 2, 2014).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The poem’s title is an ode to The Replacements.

PHOTO: Nick Cave by Andy Hall, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Mark Berriman Author Photo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Berriman hails from Minnesota. He is the author of three poetry collections — Kink in the Chain (2013), Brutally Frank (2012), and Scar Lit (2003). His work has appeared in many national and regional publications. He is currently wrapping up work on a new collection, to be published in 2015. His artwork has been featured in galleries throughout the Twin Cities. Berriman is the Director of Operations for the Stillwater Gazette and Valley Life. His books can be ordered through www.markberriman.com or purchased at fine Independent bookstores everywhere.