Where Mr. Penasky’s check went by Morgan Boyer

Where Mr. Penasky’s check went 
All of your missing rent checks
migrate to live on an island of lost
office documents. The moment
you slot them into the mailbox,
they grow plastic wings and flutter
out the dust-covered window of your
A/C-lacking flat above Mike’s Gyros Shop
where they have the $6.99 chicken
tender basket special on Wednesdays
So while you sit on a bar stool with deflated fluff,
like meth-addicted sheep, filling your veins with greasy
fried cholesterol since it’s all you can afford on a $10 an hour,
your missing rent check
is fighting a giant ground sloth
on a white-sanded beach
in the Bermuda Triangle.
Morgan Boyer is the author of The Serotonin Cradle (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and a graduate of Carlow University. Boyer has been featured in Kallisto Gaia Press, Thirty West Publishing House, Oyez Review, Pennsylvania English, and Voices from the Attic. Boyer is a neurodivergent bisexual woman who resides in Pittsburgh, PA.


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