Martin Cohen A FANTASY

A FANTASY

Martin Cohen

In sixth grade I was small, non-social, a loudmouth, a physical coward
A natural victim

He was somewhat larger, strong, fast, fearless
And cruel

I was one of his many targets
Who could do nothing

My only weapon
The library

Card catalog
Bicycles
Maintenance and repair
Problem solving

Problem solving?
Problem causing!

Turn to tighten?
Turn to loosen!

A little each day

He cut through traffic
No more!

Didn’t know that he would die
Just wanted to stop the pain

But
I suddenly realized

Killing him felt so good

Didn’t know that killing would make me feel so good

Now I knew

And it still does

Every time

Martin Cohen is an involuntarily retired computer programmer who likes dancing and writing poetry.

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