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Robert L. Penick

Robert L. Penick’s work has appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and The California Quarterly. He lives in Louisville, KY and previously edited Ristau: A Journal of Being. In 2018, he won the Slipstream Press chapbook competition. More of his writing can be found at

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It’s all open to you now:
The club membership prepaid
greens fees servile caddy
VIP club your own rules
take this quail back to the kitchen
and bring the wine list.
You can buy those children now,
the ones in grade school, mocking
your grandmother’s walk with two canes
to meet you at the bus stop.
Buy and sell them, trade them like
baseball cards or trophy wives.
They will love you now, will accept
your dandruff and hand-me-down clothes
as endearing, even fashionable.
You will be invited to birthday parties,
included in pick-up games,
receive copious valentines and smiles.
The world has opened up to you now,
like a blossoming flower,
it’s delicate beauty and fragrance
too late.
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