Summer on a Stick – Catfish McDaris


She had a champagne thirst, but
I had a Mad Dog 20-20 budget,
she had a t-bone steak appetite,
but I had a grilled cheese bankroll

I almost won a trip to the Great
Wall of China, but had a fear of flying,
we were at the State Fair and she tried
to eat all the stuff served on a stick

There was bacon, spaghetti, duck,
sour kraut, salad, macaroni and cheese,
beaver, python, bison, alligator, skunk,
cougar, ostrich, kangaroo, eyeballs of
all of the above, I told her all I wanted

“Was pussy on my stick” she said,
“Cat?” I muttered some curse words
under my breath and she got pissed

The yellow red sun chinned itself on
the gray horizon, she had split in the
night, I glanced in my closet all that
was left was a bag full of right shoes

She’d taken me to the cleaners, I hoped
She had listened and taken to heart, when I
explained the great deception of mirrors,
smoke, and life and how if you were

Ever arrested you should defecate and pee
in their car and they would instantly release
you on your own recognizance.

Catfish McDaris has been active in the small press world for 25 years. His biggest seller is Prying: with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. He’s working in a wig shop in a high crime area of Milwaukee. His newest book is:


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