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Richard King Perkins II


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.



Utility Fog

I dreamed of kissing you;
I don’t know why—

a sense of paternity
or some hidden lechery

tasting that mouth imagined,
amorous and silent.

No excitement is framed
without a shrugging of risk;

my abashed confession,
grieving importunity

with darting words
and spring-loaded intent.

The next dreamless night
I’m kissing you again—

this was not unexpected;
drawing down upon you

an anonymous thing arrives
in flesh-like traces, lovingly.


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