Ben Rasnic has authored four volumes of poetry: "Artifacts and Legends", "Puppet", "Synchronicity" and "The Eleventh Month".
He currently resides in Bowie, Maryland.
for Billy Watson
Billy always enjoyed my poetry.
"Your stuff makes me laugh,
he would say."
So when Billy’s English assignment
was to read a poem to the class,
he chose my poem “Roast Beef”--
“Cold roast beef on a Sunday afternoon
smells like a fart
In the summertime.”
Billy never did
make good grades.
My 9 year-old self
pedals a fire engine red
Schwinn, Topps bubblegum cards
sputtering in the spokes;
of Maris & Mantle, Aaron & Mays;
all my favorites clattering madly
streaking down R.E.A. hill.
Had I cataloged these
straight from the wrapper,
sheathed in clear plastic sleeves
I’d be counting
my Ben Franklins.
Instead, I’m flipping through coupons
pushing a rickety old shopping cart
click clacking down aisle five,
grinning like a 9 year-old.