KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 9: Spring 2018
Poem: 130 words

Ghetto Star Gazing

by Kevin Ridgeway

we stand on the balcony
of our two star motel,
listening to men and women 
scream at each other 
for drugs, sex and other
unprotected, filthy things
before we wish upon a 
shooting star that turns out 
to be a police helicopter
on its way to bathe us out 
of our shadows and into 
its spotlight with garbled, 
static demands to put our
hands in the air, which we 
do until we realize they 
are talking to the armed
small time kingpin in the 
room below us who just 
robbed the front lobby 
gift shop, and the angry 
ice machine hums a 
brutal, furious wee hours
soundtrack we can hear 
when we peek through 
the Johnny Carson curtains
to see if these nightmares
are all still there.



Kevin Ridgeway
Issue 9, Spring 2018

lives and writes in Long Beach, California. Recent work has appeared in Chiron Review, Spillway, Nerve Cowboy, Big Hammer, San Pedro River Review, Tailer Park Quarterly, Gravel Magazine, and The Mas Tequila Review, among others. In 2015, his poem, “Her Dead Husband’s Ashes,” was awarded second place in Cultural Weekly’s annual competition, the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. A two-time Pushcart nominee, Ridgeway is the author of six chapbooks of poetry. The latest, Contents Under Pressure, is now available from Crisis Chronicles Press.

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