January 17: “Ronald the Crankster” by Day Williams



The needle slips inside the vein,

The tubing tight around

The arm, and Ronald feels a rush

That lifts him off the ground


Of the men’s bathroom stall at the hall

Where bowlers knock down pins.

The needle and the tubing go

Back in the pack. He grins


And springs out to the Reno street

To dumpster-dive and score

Once more in a parking lot

Near a casino floor.


“This is my change of lifestyle, cop,

I slam the speed and go

Outside to root in garbage, not

Like cranksters at the windows,


Listening to walls. I used to be

An alcoholic. . . . Why,

With all the tweakers round, stop me,

A long-time Reno guy?”

~Day Williams