Monday, July 6, 2020

Terry Dawley


Spent casings scattered
on a summer-night street

like dead brass bees
emptied of their stingers.

The spent body nearby,
emptied of its soul.

Gerald So reads "Spent Casings"

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Terry confesses:"As a police officer, I worked the high-crime hours of 8 PM to 4 AM, and on many summer nights observed spent casings scattered on a city street with a dead victim lying nearby. The simile of dead brass bees having spent their stingers struck me."

TERRY DAWLEY is a retired police officer from Erie, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Pithead Chapel, The Cleveland Review, Mused BellaOline Literary Journal, Soft Cartel, and Law Enforcement Today. He is an award winner of the Writer's Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition and a six-time award winner of the Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest.


Babs Mountjoy said...

such strong images... a difficult job, indeed.

Paul Warner said...

Bleak...stark...poignant....searching for words here...

terry dawley said...

Thank you, Babs and Paul. Your comments are much appreciated.