Current Occupation: retired social worker
Former Occupation: 17 year shipyard electrician
Contact Information: A poet since she was 14, Mary Slocum was the last winner of the Portland Artquake competition in the 90s and a winner of Washington State Poetry Assn. humorous poetry competition in the 90s. Mary Slocum has been published in Stanza, NW Literary Review, Upper Left Edge, Tradeswomen’s Network Newsletter, Black Cat, Portland Alliance, Work and Carcenogenic. She enjoys reading more than publishing and has also appeared with a comedy collective. Presently working on a complete collection and some of which is on her website: www.maryslocum.com
In October of 2010
Way back on page C8 in 16 lines
The Oregonian newspaper reported,
actually the Associated Press reported,
in Silverton Oregon
a 33 year old Man poured gasoline
on an 87’ Thunderbird.
Torched it cause it
belonged to the boss
it was insignificant,
depended on the AP
to report the details.
Boss mourning loss of Thunderbird
Man mourning the loss
of his job and we all mourn
in our own way,
but anger seems to be risin
all around and I wonder if
as a little boy, this Man
was taught “an eye for an eye”.
It’s a small town,
many people musta known him.
It’s a restaurant
Probably not makin it in this
County charged the Man
with arson, mischief and reckless burning
What the hell is reckless burning?
Roget says there are 3 types of reckless
Careless, unconcerned, and rash
He cared a great deal, concerned
that he was fired
Rash? Not like bumps on the skin
But defiant disregard for danger
Or consequences rash.
Burned the fence too, rash.
(Don’t think he meant to do that.)
See the look on the firemen’s faces
when they were told
theMan was fired and then he fired
the car. Imagine the Man
released cause the jail was overcrowded.
Imagine the Man who has no job
to make the money to pay his fine.
Imagine the man entering his favorite bar,
smell the smoke from the
cigarettes outside as he enters to
cheers and applause from all the
Sunday in the USA