the moon stopped burning
for a fifth of Evan Williams.
promised free booze and fifty dollars
“Stumbling Joe” traded fists
with three fraternity pledges.
trophies of teeth and fear
were flaunted, smiles
dusted free of innocence. death
fit its jagged tongue inside
the faltering laughter of witness
Originally appeared in Gloom Cupboard and is included in The Mattress Parlor by Colin Gilbert (Scribble Fire Press, 2011).