Tuesday, April 10, 2012


cover art: emmett johns

Mayor Ed
by Michael Koehler

In Tangletown
Mayor Ed runs the dry cleaners,
plays poker in the backroom
at Hunan Harry’s with the police chief
and Monsignor Cushman,
drinks dago red by the quart.
Ed pinches the waitress’ ass
and accepts campaign contributions
passed inside handshakes.
His wife gave me head
last year at the charity ball.
He has my vote.
Besides, it was nice doing to his
what he has done for years
to all us poor suckers here
in Tangletown.

~ previously published in Tangletown (Cross + Roads Press)