VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison

Ode to Matty’s Prescription Glasses                                  

(for Matty)

I’m sure they’re yours

Plastic, wire stems curve around

Your pink ears

Found them lying next to a ConAir hairbrush,

Antibacterial body wash,

A tube of Colgate written in German

Lubriderm or Sperm?

Lenses glass the biggest blue eyes

Grout Humor

Jimmy the Grout

Oscar the Grout

Rainbow grout

Groutuitous humor

Grout shot

You can dress me up, but you can’t take my grout

The Grout Wall of China

Three strikes, you’re grout

Alexander the Grout

Sucked on a big fat grout

Who let the dogs grout?

What’s all the grout about?

You can take our lives, but you can never take our grout

What you talkin’ grout, Willis?

For a grout time call…

All grout things must come to an end

Ain’t life grout?

No grout about it

Au grout potatoes

Grout of Ages

Grout: the other white meat

Out with the grout

I got a grout idea

Take me grout to the ball game

Grout expectations

Grout’s Tomb

Looking for Jasmin

Mama woke me up

Screaming like she was crazy.

“I can’t find her, I can’t find Jaz!

Have you seen her?” 

She searched every room, 

Stomping through the den, 

The blue and white kitchen, 

The dining room with beige, stained carpet.

My niece is lost, a grandmama frantic in the house

I wipe sleep out of my eyes, stung by the sun.

I check outside in the driveway, the garage, 

Behind plastic bags of winter clothes.

“I found her,” Ma yelled. 

“Where was she?” I asked. 

“She was in my bathroom 

About to flush my dentures down the toilet.” 

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