Watching The Detectives • Erren Kelly

she believed his story
only after the money changed
she prefers yoga over
and she works alone
and she hates trenchcoats
but the night is always
her friend
whenever the dirty deed goes
she's on the hunt
for the usual
the streets know her name
and her eyes are watching
you, she knows
gotham is a woman
who won't love you back
though it's more of a
yuppie petting zoo
than concrete jungle
these days
her heart is bulletproof
that is
until a jazz song plays
she watches them mark
black lines around the
she's always been good at
reading between the lines
and noticing the subleties
of things
she's on the case like a
because she believes
in happy endings
she'll stick her neck out
for right
but she's too pretty to smoke
and she really does have
legs up to

for S.H.

" a cliche is a cliche because it's usually true...."


Erren has published his work in Hiram Poetry Review, 
Mudfish, Poetry Magazine (online), Ceremony, 
Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, Poetry Salzburg 
and other publications. He is also the author of the chapbook, " 
Disturbing The Peace," from Night Ballet Press. 
He received his B.A. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.