One Bad Date

There is an armadillo
underneath the art-house
picture frame. It’s holding
two blue slushies
and an answering machine.
No one knows how
he got there. By snooping
around where the leftover
popcorn gets thrown out
seems most likely. And why
does he have two
blue slushies? Everyone
in the theater is holding
hands with someone else
and all the seats are taken.

Maybe the little fella’s girl
had to go to the bathroom
after the last show released,
got out an alley window,
hailed a cab, went home,
told her mom all about it;
how he balled up
at the first cold touch,
how he never even looked
her in the armadillo eye,
how he’s probably still
standing there, hoping
they don’t chase him out
with the rest of the varmints
at the end of the night.



About the Poet:  Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. His confessional style poetry has found individual publication online and in print, as well as in two full-length volumes: The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013). His debut novel, Joyride (Black Rose Writing, 2016), is also available on the market. Check out for more information and original writing by Travis!


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