Carry

The ghost in the burbs swaggers and carries
the rifle he used in the shooting when killing
that guy ogling the girl he intended to marry
he carries the burden of blood finding it thrilling
he carries the death of his victim, bragging
“I’ll do it again, to anyone, to any betrayer
any to stare at my gal their mothers be bagging”
though later at night, he’s crying, not being the slayer
but simply a serial liar, a boastful simple pretender
man-baby fed on the myths of manly bravado
his bride brings him milk and being the mender
while waiting for cops she calls him sweet desperado.

Today Merril brings us a list of podcast titles at dVerse:

Articles of Interest: American Ivy
I Was Never There
Legacy of Speed
Not Lost
Pivot
Reveal: After Ayotzinapa
Rumble Strip
Serial
This American Life
Ghost in the Burbs

Our task is to incorporate at least two of these titles into a poem. I have listened to three of these podcasts and one of them “Serial” was one that brought me into podcast listening back when the first season came out.

January 3 2023

21 responses to “Carry

  1. This is such a dark poem, Björn, that has echoes of Scandi noir crime series and books. I find these lines especially effective:
    ‘though later at night, he’s crying, not being the slayer
    but simply a serial liar, a boastful simple pretender
    man-baby fed on the myths of manly bravado’.

  2. I so dislike this man/ghost. Well done!
    Are you on Twitter? Broken Spine is looking for poems on masculinity. I don’t know if you can share one that’s been on your blog though.

    It’s interesting that we both started listening to podcasts with that first season of Serial. It was so good! And Adnan Syed has been freed!

  3. It is difficult to know how to be a man or a woman. No need to pick up a firearm to settle the matter. I like the curveball of the “bride” giving positive reinforcement for the act. Better just to be oneself instead of following mainstream expectations. Hoping he can sort it out while in prison.

  4. What a mess! It feels like there is so much toxic masculinity causing so much trouble at the moment, stoked by idiots. I like the way this poem moves between people, and the ending is great. It seems he lies to h imself more than anyone else.

  5. I liked the story, Bjorn. Most crooks and killers turn out to be like your poor soul. Nice writer.
    And, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  6. Catching up on my reading from California! This was an amazing read, Bjorn. These words
    “he’s crying, not being the slayer
    but simply a serial liar, a boastful simple pretender
    man-baby fed on the myths of manly bravado”
    especially hit me. A “man-baby” and a serial liar….but a liar of this magnitude! It reminds me of the case in the U.S. now where the assumed killer was recently caught in another state after stabbing to death four young college kids in an off-campus house in the middle of the night. The man arrested was a PhD student in criminal justice? or criminology? and a nearby university. One wonders if he was contemplating using these murders and his feelings while killing, while escaping, then being caught, as fodder for his PhD Dissertation? Quite the case….and quite the serial liar here in your piece.

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