A BRIEF MOMENT OF ELEVATION
I search for my glass of whiskey,
but everything is lost in the day’s smog.
I suppose I will have to lance the pool boy, regardless,
and give the porno’s epilogue true feeling.
After some bad takes (I actually lanced the poor kid
in the stomach, and then he fell into the pool,
bleeding and drowning), I bowl a perfect score,
reading for hours afterward a single issue of Maxim,
the one where actresses cover themselves
with giant replicas of their favorite punctuation.
I do not know how else to break this to you:
I am going to make the Cretan Bull
have sperm coding only for Batman.
But more like the Batman of the later decades,
after he has already “accidentally” killed the familiar criminals,
after Alfred has reintroduced fine arts into the inner-city schools
and Gotham adds a Starbucks and public wifi.
The night will be warm, as it is wont to be,
and, finally, we will auction our favorite action figures
online, without much shame.
RYAN BENDER-MURPHY’s work also appears (or is forthcoming) in Anti-, Dark Sky Magazine, elimae, NAP, and elsewhere. He recently completed his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin and will be watching The Dark Knight Rises when it comes out July 2012.