Phone Call on a Train from New Orleans to Chicago

she called
just to tell me
how huge the dead
raccoon she found was

I could hear
in her voice

we had just met
but she knew
I collected

not an odd hobby
for a voodoo man

and I was en route
for another visit

jokingly I asked
for her to chop off
its head
and skin the skull
just to hear her

she laughed and agreed
I called her bluff
but when she picked me up
at the train station
she handed me a black bag
big smile on her face

“Say hello to Bandit!”

and I fell


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