“Dry Champagne, pt 3” by C. C. Hannett

Dry Champagne, pt 3

There are ppl who hit speed bumps
and are convinced they ran over      a child


their cars on the side of the road and wait
for the cops to arrive with handcuffs

without any supporting           evidence

a basketball, depleted of air
splayed in shredded quandary,

no         body.

Ppl who walk their dogs and shiver
at the intrusive thought of punting
the little sucker into the mouth

of a postage receptacle.

I hear these stories and something clicks
as I reverse image search myself

looking for slander. Chicken- scratch

composite sketches of a grotesque
monster I’ve never seen,
but have faith is there.

Cyclically traversing the fever dichotomy
between ego and paranoia.

Perceptions tuned by the mental chiaroscuro.

You’re so important,
the whole world is hell
bent on unraveling you
with scandal

because your happiness is increasingly

Navigating your way out of the thought
until the thought has worked you
into a panic room,
the wrong side of the glass.

Despite the surface, love exists,

Who is this person
perplexed by buttered rice

constantly tickling me
to cajole a pod of endorphins,

any kind of giggle,

not only for their own entertainment
but to ensure I laugh at least once a day
to shampoo and condition the brain?

Our city is a blue-gray gloom.

Despite the surface, love exists,

I am brave for opening the blinds, they tell me.
I am brave for going outside.

Our city is a blue-gray gloom.

Despite the surface, love exists,
a patient love, a strengthening,

empowering balm.


C. C. Hannett is the byname of Kris Hall, a poet who writes and lives with his wife and their animals in the PNW. He is the author of I Gave This Dream To A Color (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018) and the chapbooks, Notes for Xenos Vesparum (Shotgun Wedding, an imprint of Alice Blue Books), and Dillinger on the Beach (Horse Less Press). He is the former curator of the reading series Da’daedal and Ogopogo. Both series took place in Seattle, WA and focused on showcasing interdisciplinary work. His next book, Triune (Spuyten Duyvil), will be released in the Summer of 2018.

Featured Image by Robbie Masso. Find him on Facebook, instagram, and his website.

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