Red Mustang
   by Julie Gates Julie Gates

Julie Gates has directed the English education program at Angelo State University for the past 13 years. Although she is a relatively new poet, her work has been published in Concho River Review, Carcinogenic Poetry, Visions with Voices, and Blue Bonnet Review.

With my steel stiletto spikes spearing the ceiling
of the mid-life crisis car you bought me
(a sugardaddy spouse special)
by the lake where we dumped your charred remains,
and the ceremonial squirting of a 5th of scotch,
I mistake him for you,
imagining you solidify and sift yourself
by the light of the werewolf moon,
and pour into me,
in this rockin' rad retro machine,
while the hoot owl perched atop the pier light

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