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Chris Mardiroussian


I know that someday,
they'll arrive,
knocking on 
my door 
after reading my poems 
found in discarded
Hallmark cards,
maybe two or three
night wanderers 
will appear on the same day.

And we will sit around,
swallow beer,
argue about reality T.V. shows.

And then they will all leave
in a police car together. 

And I will write about
them in
my undies
drinking too many
Mules while 
spreading rumors 
for no damn reason. 

And paint a couple
of dim-witted
portraits of a rat 
being swallowed 
by a snake 
while a fly 
dangles from
the rafters,
begging to 
be eaten.

I know that someday,
our untamed rivers will
leave footprints
of silent echoes on the
faded fibers beyond the
margins of parchment words.
Chris Mardiroussian is a Lecturer in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach. His most recent book is a full-length collection of poetry entitled BLUNDER DOWN UNDER, which Chasing Shadows Magazine called, "A stark and raw style of writing that clearly constitutes the life of a typical miscreant." In 2019, he won First Prize in the Cinema Italian Style Film Festival (sponsored by the prestigious American Cinematheque in Los Angeles) for his short film entitled IL BREAKUP, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2017, he co-wrote a collection of poetry entitled HONESTY. LOVES. CRUELTY. His work has appeared in Bloom Magazine, BOMBFIRE, Horror Sleaze Trash, Incognito Press, Persimmon Review, Pomona Valley Review, Poetically Magazine, Skipping Stone Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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