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Slide Rock Bolters

from Something's Awry by Sterling Witt



A mother and her son hike the Colorado Mountains. 
Far from their home in the City of Fountains.
Chet, an obnoxious brat who thinks he’s cool,
litters everywhere he goes, oh what a fool!
Wendy, his mother, a careless woman with a camera,
takes pictures of everything, a twit with stamina.
Oh! What do we have here?
A wild, majestic deer?
Click, click, click, she takes a pic of the creature.
Documenting every unimportant feature.
Chet throws a rock and spooks the buck.
This bad boy is pushing his luck.
Wendy finds a rock she thinks is worth money,
makes room in her bag by eating bread and honey.
She throws a sandwich at Chet, who doesn’t give a hoot.
Too busy crushing flowers with the heel of his boot.
He feels quite dandy,
eating lots of candy.
“Smile, Chet, SMILE!” Mom tries to snap the moment.
He frowns and treats her like an evil opponent.
When lunch is over, they dump their trash in the woods.
Wendy fills her bag with Rocky Mountain goods.
Mother and son, two peas in a pod.
Nothing charming about what makes them odd.
Slide Rock Bolters hang on the peaks.
Waiting for their moment, to kill what reeks.

The biggest of all slides down the slope.
Wendy takes a picture, oh what a dope!
Loosening its grip and lifting its claw,
it oozes slobber and smacks its jaw.
Chet is oblivious, playing with a toy.
He thinks he's King, a problem boy.
The Bolter is bigger than a whale in the ocean
designed to destroy and make a commotion.

Jaws wide open, it slides in their direction,
Ready to purge the Wendy-Chet infection.
Cleansed from the mountains without a fight
Both of them gone in one single bite. 


from Something's Awry, released April 10, 2020


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