Trying to Focus on the Hockey Game

Trying to Focus on the Hockey Game


Tohm Bakelas





So much ass flab

and poorly implanted tits

shaking in my direction

shaking in my face

I tell the whores to fuck off

I tell them I’m not interested

only one complies and wanders off

she returns with wine for herself

and a beer for me

“I didn’t pay for that”

she says nothing, smiles, and

takes the seat next to me

we watch the game together

occasionally she places

her hand on my

right leg

I let it slide

it keeps her grounded

in this reality

and it does the

same for me too.



Bio: Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published four chapbooks “Orphan Crows” (Analog Submission Press, July 2018), “Destroy My Wound” (Budget Press, August 2018), “In Living Rooms” (Iron Lung Press, November 2018), “Decaying Sun Under Noontime Rain” (Analog Submission Press, February 2019) and a microchapbook “We All Arrive” (Origami Poems Project, October 2018). 

Instagram: @flexyourhead

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