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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013

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Mike Andrelczyk
Strasburg, Pennsylvania, USA


Middleground

Well, I made another drink. I mixed a half glass of vodka with a splash of ginger ale in my favorite glass. All the Kentucky Derby winners from 1875's Aristides to 1992's Lil E. Tee. I've had many enjoyable moments drinking liquor from this glass and looking at the names of the past winners. 1956: Needles, 1953: Dark Star, 1931: Twenty Grand, 1904: Elwood, 1950: Middleground, 1979: Spectacular Bid, 1907: Pink Star, 1982: Gato Del Sol, 1989: Sunday Silence. I would've liked to see the races with my Grandpa, or Hemingway or Bukowski or any good old guys from the days of Needles (1956) to Foolish Pleasure (1975). I see the Dark Thing at the track all the time wearing that hat. I take a nice drink from my Kentucky Derby glass, sitting on my bed, in the back room of my Grandma's house in Delaware. Detective Wangfish Daring lights a Marlboro and looks out his seventh story window, Frozenville, Earth, watching reflected red tail lights dissolving in the steamy rain puddles. He tunes the radio through the static and connects with some jazz, he eases his dark hand past the luger and chooses the slower road out of my Frozenvillemind. He pours some and we take another drink. We close our eyes for a minute or two, even though we are not tired at all.

cosmos of paraphernalia dissolving


Editor’s Note: Haiku first published in Roadrunner 12.3

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