Saturday, April 22, 2017

Crime Poetry - Is It So Hard?

April is poetry month, so at Mystery Playground we're making it crime poetry month every single Saturday with delicious delights from Gerald So's blog The Five-Two. Today we have a haunting piece from Craig Faustus Buck. 

Is It So Hard

By Craig Faustus Buck

Is it so hard to pass up the wedding ring
she left by the soap dish in the bathroom?
Is it so hard to pass up the opportunity?
Is it so hard to avoid lifting it? Slipping it in my pocket?
Is it so hard to act like a loving newlywed instead of
working the angle against my wife of two days?
Is it so hard to say Dear,
you left your ring on the sink instead of
making her feel like shit for losing it
so I can pawn it?
Is it so hard to make love to her instead of
smacking her around
to teach her not to lose what I give her?

Why does she have to make it so hard?

Here is the author reading his poem:

Author/screenwriter CRAIG FAUSTUS BUCK's debut noir novel, Go Down Hard, was published by Brash Books in 2015. His short stories have won a Macavity Award and been nominated for two Anthonys and the Derringer. He is president of Mystery Writers of America SoCal chapter. You can find out more at

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