a fast name – a name that makes you think of roaring
arena crowds and beers chugged by the quart.
Her apartment was wide and hollow
with just a table and a TV and a tall stand-up mirror
blurred at the base by the nose prints of her dog.
The gun was in a kitchen drawer with a pair of scissors
and the phone bill.
I left after that, walking past the landlord
who was wheezing between coughs,
his lungs in a boil of hot rattles that snapped and danced
like pebbles on the hard marble.
JOE CUMMINGS is the Senior Producer and host of the Arts Report, a national radio program broadcast on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). He has been an arts journalist for over fifteen years. This is his first appearance in The Adirondack Review.