In Hock

In Hock
By Tony Robles

There was always a
Guy who liked
To spit

It wasn’t just
The act of spitting
That was going on

There was conversation
Horsing around
Various forms of fucking
Off that were informed by
TV, parents, teachers and other
Knuckleheads like ourselves

And the spitting was
Accompanied by a sound
That varied, depending on
The spitter

But in general, it
Sounded like this


And the spit flew
Out at different angles

Some moved sharply through
The air, exiting through a pucker
Of lip, landing at destination

And other spit travelled
In an arc that never hit
The mark

But the sound
Was constant


It came from a deep place,
Saying things that we couldn’t
Articulate to our teachers, parents,
Priests and later our bosses

And those spitters
I knew

Vincent, Jeff, Max,
Dedrick, David, Herman

And those I didn’t know

Here’s a resounding
Spit in your


© 2016 Tony Robles


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