Hello & Good-bye

by Cloyd Campfire



Sleep deprived

Down a canyon

Rocks big as skyscrapers

Giant faces peering down

Painted by man in the moon Indians

& the ancient code of



On the empty highway

The first week of  Spring

Tumbling down Oak Creek

The only thing alive

Is me

And the ghosts

They are saying

Something I don’t understand

Until a milk bottle

Come floatin’ across the pavement

Right at me

I stop it stop

We look at each other

I say, “What are you?”

Then, then it keeps going

T’is the most gourmet skunk

I’ve ever come across

Big pink eyes full of what I will never know

A silver toupee atop the head

Not to mention a tail

So beautiful it only come out

Under a full moon

The little critter leaves me with a little whiff of

gorgeous perfume


Copyright Clyde Collins 2016



About Rawclyde!

I have employed a few pen names throughout the years. Rawclyde with an exclamation mark (!) is the one too sticky to go away... Came of age at Crawford High, San Diego, CA ~ writing sports, a column, & playing football ~ graduated in '68... Attended SDSU for a couple years... Hit the road in a '56 Chevy milk-truck, a "studymobile," filling up notebooks & working as a laborer in the southwest... Practiced the genteel art of fiction for several years in my hometown... Enlisted in the U.S. Army ~ they made me a newsman in Hawaii ~ wrote another column for a while... Attended more courses at SDSU ~ studied novel writing with Professor Charlie Brashers... Sold books out of an '85 Ford one-ton van, a "book mule," in the desert... Did some writing in an old hotel in Prescott AZ... Have written & self-published 9 or so books ~ many of which are hiding out on the cyber highway...
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