The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2


Susie Kate’s

by Rex Butters


it was dark as rotten fruit

black slimy water 2

inches deep on the kitchen floor

mirrors cracked that survived earthquakes

toilets exploded/white porcelain heat bombs

views replaced walls

picture windows smashed

brass doors torn off/cast down

like bent dominoes

tables and chairs knocked senseless

wall hung heirlooms smoke cured

yellowed like jaundice

browned like smog

blackened like minstrels

light blonde pine walls smudged dark

light blond man heart darkened

staggered through morning after fire


echoes of birthdays, bar parties, 

Southern hospitality silenced in flame

Thanksgiving feasts and holiday light

drowned by fire hoses

his eyes swam

looking for the luck

his nose filled

with the smoke of his