“Strangers on a Bus” by Les Kay

This poem by Les Kay is one of the first RomComPom poems we accepted. We are giving it to you early to share our excitement and to give you a taste of one idea of what we think a RomComPom poem is. It will also appear in our first issue, but we couldn’t wait.

In the near future, we will share a few more RomComPom poems to illustrate the wide range of this new sub-genre. Stay tuned.

Strangers on a Bus

When we met, she was hanging
from the beveled cornice of dream
and let slip her penchant for tawdry
affairs with one-armed men. Her confidence
had the texture of hand-cranked ice cream.

Having never unfolded a bodice or slid
my hand down the crescent of another’s hip,
I was blissfully unaware
that such preference could exist anywhere
other than a Quentin Tarantino film.

My ignorance emboldened her. She produced
a saw from her knapsack, bit her lip,
exposed her underwear.
As we opened ourselves like suitcases, her bus-trembled
breasts muffled my screams. We unfolded

each other like luggage arriving. Between destinations,
the interstate hummed its constant chorus.

Les Kay holds a PhD from the University of Cincinnati’s Creative Writing program. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals including Apt, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Toad, Sugar House Review, Stoneboat, Menacing Hedge, The White Review, No Bullshit Review, The Boiler Journal, and elsewhere. His favorite Romantic Comedies are Blade Runner and The Princess Bride.

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