Just Before Breakfast
Jeff Gray

There was a snake
He says
A snake and an eight ball

         Its limbless torso slowly rolls as it swallows its lunch of blackened ivory

. . . and a girl
He says
with a wooden arm


         She only dates carpenters
         She hates termites

. . . and you wanna know the funniest thing
He asks as I slide into my slippers
The best part is I'm cool with all this
I just sit back in my chaise lounge
and strum my guitar

         They say he was a six string slinger
         Fastest pick in Wixom
         That is until the accident took his hands

. . . the damndest thing