“By Request” by Richard King Perkins II

“By Request” by Richard King Perkins II

You’re on stage

naked

 

singing

Sweet Jane

 

unplugged,

shoulders leaking bad whiteness

 

into a vortex

of mysterious chords.

 

You finish with a subdued flourish

and only one person claps

 

but you’re not in the least bit

chagrinned

 

because that’s

 

everyone.


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

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