John R. Beardsley

Thumb & Pointer

I. 

When I get the call—collect, Department
of Corrections—Jay’s
voice on the other side is hushed, nervous

& though I’ve never once visited him
in the state pen,
I can picture him, blaze orange jumpsuit and all.

I’m stoned out of my mind and have been for weeks,
so when he says the words
razor tag I hear laser tag, and I think of that boy

the RCPD s