Mayberry 25 Years Later by Rp Verlaine



Gomer’s wallet clipped
once again at the strip club
In mount pilot.

Andy drinking whiskey
since Miami drug dealers
took out detective Opie.

Opie’s grave kept clean
by girls who cried when he left
looking for excitement.

Finding oil in texas
quite by accident still made
Goober filthy rich.

Always a bit strange
Floyd spends eight hours a day­
On internet porn.

Been ten years
Since Otis went up in flames
Due to his son’s meth lab.

In hospice care
Barney still reaching for a shirt pocket
with lone bullet.


©2019 Rp Verlaine


Rp Verlaine has a MFA in creative writing from City College and taught in NY schools for many years. Although he no longer teaches, he continues to write and do photography in NYC. Rp’s most recent poetry collection, Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers was released in 2018.

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