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TGAP3 Week 13 submitted June 27, 2011 with artwork by Kelly Bennett

Rock & Roll Cruise Night by Kelly Bennett
Every time the circling 

Vulture sirens pass our house,

I take inventory of where

Mine are. Need to make sure

The call emergency’s expanding

Sound spins off  to

Is not too close to bliss;


That the whispering touch of E.M.T.s

Will settle someone else’s

Soul to coma, jettison words

Through an impartial mouthpiece

Toward another mother’s ears.


While, through my phone,

Cam jokes, “Mom, I’m just calling

With the 4-1-1. I’m at the club.

Just letting you know in case

Something happens. Okay, Mom?” But


When I imagine him leaving

Club Three-One-Three with another

Boy in a homophobic

Part of town, I

See him falling from Charlie’s

Bridge or tied to Matthew’s

Fence.  When


Zoë calls from the shady

Park, she wants

To play there untended into the evening.

But even as I imagine her friends

Close by, the candy doling strangers,

Lure her from the swinging glee.


I swell like a siren swells; I

Can’t say yes to either.

The ambulance heads

South, away from my emotional

Lockdown and toward

Another mother’s disaster.

This is my submission for Week 13 of the Twingeekz Artz Project 3.  The accompanying art work is by fellow geek, Kelly Bennett and is from the same week.

TwinGeekz is a loose affiliation of loose affiliates in New Hampshire who began the TwinGeekz Artz Project challenge in May of 2005; the task was for each of the original seven participants to produce and submit a piece of art every week for one year.  Every artist succeeded in completing their 52 pieces of art, and thus the TGAP theory was proven: “all creativity needs is a deadline”. 

We grew each of the three years that the project continued. It’s time to bring it back. 

Let’s do it again! #tgap2020 join us!


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